WindRiver pursues British Columbia okay for up-to-80-MW hydro project

The British Columbia Environmental Office on Dec. 14 issued an order officially putting a hydroelectric project of WindRiver Power Corp. into the environmental assessment process.

WindRiver proposes to develop the 50 MW-80 MW Kinskuch Hydroelectric Project, located at Kinskuch Lake and in the headwaters of the Kinskuch River system, 150 kilometers north of Terrace, British Columbia

Said a project description filed by the company: “The Project is intended to supply clean, reliable and renewable energy to BC Hydro under an EPA. The proposed Project intends to utilize a portion of the natural storage capacity of the high-alpine Kinskuch Lake which is approximately 890 ha in size and up to 110 m deep. The Project’s preliminary configuration includes headworks which are proposed to consist of a dam at the outlet of Kinskuch Lake and an intake structure near the outlet of Kinskuch Lake. The dam will create approximately 10 m of additional lake storage and the intake will enable a portion of the stored water to be diverted to a powerhouse located on Kinskuch River via an approximately 10 km water conveyance system consisting of a tunnel/penstock arrangement.

“Power generated by the Project is proposed to be transmitted along an over 60 km new overhead 138 kV transmission line interconnecting with BC Hydro’s Aiyansh substation. From the city of Terrace, primary road access to the Project area (powerhouse location) is via the Nisga’a Highway and Nass Road for approximately 100 km, then 10 km along the Cranberry Connector FSR, and then approximately 50 km along the Nass-Kinskuch FSR. The nearest community is Gitlaxt’aamiks (formerly New Aiyansh) located along the Nass Road approximately 100 km north of Terrace.

“WindRiver is a private developer, owner and operator of renewable energy projects, focusing on wind and hydro projects located in western Canada. WindRiver has offices in Calgary, AB and Abbotsford, BC. … In 2014, WindRiver through their Sakwi Creek Hydro LP completed construction and initiated operations on the 5.5 MW Sakwi Creek Run-of-River Hydro Project located in Hemlock Valley, BC and sells the power to BC Hydro through a 40 year term fixed price EPA.

“Also in 2014, WindRiver through a subsidiary company Box Springs Wind Corporation completed construction and initiated operations of the 6 MW Box Springs Wind Project, located near Medicine Hat, AB and sells the power to the City of Medicine Hat through a 20 year term fixed price EPA.

“WindRiver currently has two other run-of-river hydroelectric projects in various stages of development in BC: the 12 MW Hunter Creek Hydroelectric Project is permitted, has secured a BC Hydro EPA, is currently under construction (May 2016) and expected to initiate operations by December 2017; and the 15 MW Tamihi Creek Hydroelectric Project is anticipated to receive primary authorizations in the fall of 2016 allowing construction to commence as early as 2017.”

Company contact information is: phone 604-854-5465.

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