TORONTO, Jan. 21, 2014 /CNW/ - A new 67 MW-unit at Little Long Generating Station is now generating clean, renewable, emissions-free electricity for Ontarians, ahead of schedule and on budget.
Little Long Station is part of the Lower Mattagami Project. The project is a unique partnership between the Moose Cree First Nation and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) - one that is creating jobs, local economic benefits through employment and the involvement of local businesses, and more clean energy, with virtually no environmental impact.
"The Lower Mattagami Project is a historic project which is the result of a solid partnership between the Moose Cree First Nation and Ontario Power Generation," said Moose Cree First Nation Chief, Norm Hardisty Jr. "This project has changed the economic landscape of the Moose Cree First Nation and the surrounding area. It is environmentally sustainable and has created many economic opportunities, including hundreds of jobs for our citizens, as well as other Ontarians. This project has enabled our First Nation to establish a strong economic foundation to build on in the years ahead."
"I've had the opportunity to see the Lower Mattagami site, first hand, and have a great appreciation of the size and scope of this project, as well as the people who brought the Little Long Generating Station in on time and on budget. The Lower Mattagami Project is supported by a long-term partnership with First Nations that will deliver long-term results for Ontario's electricity system," said Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy. "This is a remarkable achievement which will provide clean, reliable and affordable electricity for Ontarians."
"This achievement is the result of OPG's project management practices," said OPG's President and CEO Tom Mitchell. "These include up front planning, collaborating with partners and stakeholders to address issues, and careful execution and monitoring of results."
The entire Lower Mattagami Project is tracking on schedule and on budget. By the time work is completed in 2015, the capacity of the Lower Mattagami plants will have increased to 924 MW from 486 MW.
At peak construction, the Lower Mattagami Project employed about 1,600 workers including more than 250 First Nation and Métis individuals.
The Lower Mattagami Project, located about 80 km north of Kapuskasing, is a partnership between the Moose Cree First Nation and Ontario Power Generation. The Moose Cree First Nation will have up to a 25 per cent equity interest in the project.
New units are being added at three existing generating stations. A new 267 MW station is being built at Smoky Falls to replace the existing 52 MW station that will be retired once the new station is operating.
|Change in Capacity Station||Capacity before Construction||Capacity Being Added||Capacity Today||Capacity at End of Project|
|Little Long||138 MW||67 MW (now complete)||205 MW||205 MW|
|Harmon||142 MW||78 MW||142 MW||220 MW|
|Kipling||154 MW||78 MW||154 MW||232 MW|
|Smoky Falls||52 MW||215 MW||52 MW||267 MW *|
|Total||486 MW||438 MW||553 MW||924 MW|
SOURCE: Ontario Power Generation Inc.
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