OPG and Coral Rapids Power building $300 million hydroelectric generating station

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A 28-megawatt hydroelectric generating station will be constructed 90 kilometres north of the Town of Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario. The project will cost $ 300 million.

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Coral Rapids Power (CRP), a company owned by Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN), have joined together to build the project, which is expected to employ 220 workers at peak and be completed in 2018, explains a release.

The project will have a variety of professions and it will include engineers, equipment operators (backhoe, crane, dozer), labourers (general, skilled and unskilled), drillers, cement workers, ironworkers/rodmen, electricians, welders, carpenters and camp support services (catering, maintenance, clerical).

Kiewit/Aecon New Post a Partnership, was selected as the design, build contractor through a competitive process.

According to the release, the development will use a portion of the water flowing down New Post Creek to generate electricity by transporting water 250 metres from the intake via a penstock (a large pipe) to the power house on the Abitibi River. The remaining water will continue to flow over the falls.

The $300 million station, will provide hydro power to as many as 25,000 homes, and will be named in honour of community elder Peter Sutherland Sr., the news release says.

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