TIMMINS, ONT. — Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) have marked the official opening of the Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station (GS) north of Smooth Rock Falls in northern Ontario.
The two-unit station was completed this spring, on budget and ahead of schedule, noted a media statement released Aug. 24, and provides 28 megawatts of energy to the provincial grid, enough to power about 25,000 homes.
Some 220 people were employed on the project, including close to 50 indigenous people. In addition, indigenous contractors supplied $50 million worth of goods and services to the project, the statement indicated.
Located about 80 kilometres north of Smooth Rock Falls, the Peter Sutherland Sr. GS is named after a community elder.
"Our partnership with OPG is strong due to the relationship we’ve built on a foundation of respect and trust," said Coral Rapids Power (CRP) president Wayne Ross. "Our community members have gained a long-term revenue stream and transferable skills that our members will use on other infrastructure projects."
The plant was built on New Post Creek near the junction with the Abitibi River, located within the traditional territory of the TTN.
The project was undertaken by the Peter Sutherland Sr. GS Limited Partnership between CRP and OPG. CRP is a company wholly owned by TTN. The project was valued at $300 million and the statement said it was completed with no lost-time incidents.
The turbines installed for the project use a portion of the water flowing down New Post Creek to generate electricity by moving water 250 metres through a penstock to the power house on the Abitibi River. The remaining water will continue to flow over the falls for appearance continuity.
The project team installed two turbines, a steel penstock, a 340-metre-long open channel, a spillway dam and a seven-kilometre transmission line.
Approximately 60 per cent of the total labour requirement for the onsite work was met by the northern Ontario labour market.