New facilities will provide clean, renewable energy for 22,000 homes
TORONTO, Dec. 9 /CNW/ - Ontario Power Generation (OPG) announced today
that all four stations on the Upper Mattagami - Hound Chute hydro
project are in service - close to five months ahead of schedule and on
budget. The new stations make more efficient use of existing water,
and will add enough clean, renewable electricity to power over 22,000
homes every year.
"Hydroelectric power has long been a vital part of Ontario's energy
system and is a cornerstone of our Long-Term Energy Plan as we expand
our renewable energy capacity," said Energy Minister, Brad Duguid. "The
Upper Mattagami - Hound Chute projects have been a great boost for the
North - bringing good jobs into local communities. Congratulations to
OPG for getting these stations online ahead of schedule and on budget.
They will now bring clean, reliable and cost-effective power to families
and businesses throughout Ontario," he added.
"OPG and its contractors carefully planned and executed the project
which involved building new stations at four existing sites" said Tom
Mitchell, President and CEO. "This project is an example of project
management at its best. The work was done safely and according to
plan. Mitchell noted that these plants will continue to provide clean
renewable electricity throughout the 21st century.
Sandy Falls Generating Station was the first plant to be completed as
part of OPG's larger Upper Mattagami and Hound Chute Project. Lower
Sturgeon and Wawaitin were declared in service just over a week ago.
Hound Chute is the final station to be placed in service.
The work on Hound Chute also included the installation of a special
water control structure, called an Obermeyer Weir. Built in
consultation with Marsh Bay residents, the weir was installed in 2009
to better regulate water levels on the Montreal River.
The $300 million Upper Mattagami and Hound Chute Project includes
redevelopment of the Sandy Falls, Wawaitin, and Lower Sturgeon sites on
the upper Mattagami River, and the Hound Chute site on the Montreal
In total the Upper Mattagami and Hound Chute Project employed 500
workers at peak including skilled trades, labourers, and engineers.
OPG's contractor, Kiewit Alarie Partnership, worked more than one
million hours without a lost time incident on the project.
SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.
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