Volcano Creek Hydroelectric Project
AltaGas' Volcano Creek Project is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with a capacity of 16 megawatts, enough to power 4,000 homes.
About This Project
Volcano Creek is a run-of-river hydroelectric facility with a capacity of 16 megawatts, enough to power 4,000 homes. AltaGas (TSX: ALA) hopes to have the project completed and operational by 2015.
The proposed layout comprises an intake and weir structure located just upstream of the Volcano Creek Canyon. A 2.4 km penstock will divert a portion of the water from Volcano Creek to a surface powerhouse. A 10-km, 69-kV transmission line will be built
to interconnect the Volcano Creek Project to the Forrest Kerr switchyard. Since the majority of the project can be accessed from the Eskay Creek Mine Road, only short spur roads will be required for construction and operation.
The Volcano Creek project is ideally located to maximize the use of the available renewable energy source, and existing infrastructure while minimizing the impacts on the surrounding environment. The proposed project will divert a portion of the flow of Volcano Creek through a water pipeline to move the water to a powerhouse where it will generate electricity. The run-of-river design ensures continual movement of water downstream of the site, which will reduce any potential effects on aquatic resources in the area. The hydroelectric plant will have a small surface footprint that will minimize impacts to terrestrial ecosystems.
In 2011, AltaGas and BC Hydro signed an Electricity Purchase Agreement to ensure long-term sales of power produced back into the provincial grid. Altagas also signed an impact benefit agreement with the Tahltan in 2011 and continue to develop strong working relationships with the Thaltan Nation.
Throughout 2012 and 2013 AltaGas continued to advance the project by completing feasibility engineering reviews and environmental studies. The Volcano Creek Project is following the Clean Energy Projects Development Plan process, administered by the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations.
Construction of the Volcano Creek project is underway and the facility is on schedule to be in-service by 2015.
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