British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office is calling for comments by Aug. 20 on draft terms of reference that will guide its assessment of the 125-MW Glacier Creek and Howser Creek project.
The proposed project is subject to review under the province’s Environmental Assessment Act. The assessment process considers the potential effects of proposed projects and ways to minimize or avoid adverse effects.
Comments on the draft will help identify information Purcell Green Power Inc., the project sponsor, must include in its application for an environmental assessment certificate.
Purcell, formerly 3986314 Canada Inc., proposes to build, own, and operate the project’s two hydro plants on the east side of Duncan Reservoir in Central Kootenay Regional District, north of Meadow Creek. Purcell is affiliated with AXOR Group Inc., headquartered in Montreal.
Glacier Creek would have a rated capacity of 40.5 to 60 MW. It would operate under a gross head of 438 meters, and generate about 138 to 178 GWh annually. Purcell expects the capital cost of a 40.5-MW Glacier Creek facility to be C$89 million (US$85 million). Howser Creek would be 50 to 65 MW. It would operate under a gross head of 345 meters, and generate about 203 to 230 GWh annually. Purcell says the cost of a 50-MW facility would be C$120 million (US$114 million).
In addition to the run-of-river installations, the project would include a 230-kilovolt, 90-kilometer transmission line that would cross the Purcell Mountains and connect to a substation in East Kootenay Regional District, west of Invermere.
BC Hydro has agreed to buy power from the project, which responded to the utility’s 2006 open call for power. (HNN 7/28/06)
An electronic copy of the draft terms of reference and information regarding the environmental assessment process are on the Internet at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. EAO encourages comments by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
EAO said it would consider public comments, finalize the terms of reference, and issue terms the sponsor must include in its application for an environmental assessment certificate. If the project eventually is approved and a certificate issued, Purcell still is required to obtain permits and authorizations from permitting authorities for the project to proceed.