DRYDEN, ON, Sept. 23, 2011 /CNW/ - Mishkeegogamang First Nation and the
Ojibway Nation of Saugeen First Nation are pleased to announce the
formation of an important new energy infrastructure joint venture with
Morgan Geare. Sagatay Transmission L.P. was formed to plan and develop
a new 230 kV line from Ignace to Pickle Lake. The Government of
Ontario has recognized this high-priority project in its Long-Term
Energy Plan, released on November 23, 2010.
The $250 million, 300 km line is the first phase in a two-phase project
that will provide urgently needed power to northern communities and
business. It will enable the transition from expensive and dirty
diesel-fired power systems that are commonplace in most remote First
Nations in the region. The project is also poised to feed
energy-starved northern industries, including the touted Ring of Fire
mineral resource developments.
"We have always said that we must be proactive in seizing a leadership
role in economic development opportunities that may benefit and affect
our community. Our treaty rights and our traditional way of life must
be protected. This project will cut right through the heart of our
traditional territory, and so we are extremely pleased to be in a
position to work to minimize its impact, while optimizing the benefits
for our people. This is exactly where we need to be," said Chief Edward
Machimity of Saugeen First Nation. The partnership is expected to
deliver multiple employment and training benefits to the communities of
Mishkeegogamang and Saugeen, in addition to an independent long-term
The proposed project would follow the existing right of way along
Highway 599 from Ignace north to Pickle Lake, which will ensure that
environmental and social impacts are minimized. The proposed route is
also shorter than alternatives, and is expected to provide better
system redundancy. Finally, it will enhance power quality for both
First Nations, where power outages are the norm.
"It has always been the spirit and intent of our treaty to share our
lands for the benefit of all peoples as long as the sun shines. For
far too long, First Nation interests have been secondary to that of
industry. The needs of industry must be balanced with First Nation
interests. We will ensure that occurs," said Chief Connie Grey-McKay
The arrival of Sagatay stands as a model and potential success story for
the Ontario, where government policy has increasingly encouraged First
Nation participation in the transmission sector. The partnership has
immediate plans to make an application for a transmission license with
the Ontario Energy Board.
With best practice governance principles in mind, Sagatay intends to be
a responsible, commercially-oriented participant in the Ontario
transmission industry. "We look forward to working closely with
industry, remote First Nation communities, the Ontario Power Authority
and other potentially impacted stakeholders to advance this project to
the next stage," said Tri Luu, Project Manager for Sagatay.
SOURCE Sagatay Transmission L.P.
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