Canadian developer plans 102-MW Upper Harrison

Cloudworks Energy Inc. is pursuing plans to develop a five-powerhouse, 102.5-MW Upper Harrison hydro project at Harrison Lake, northeast of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Cloudworks applied Feb. 10 for a project approval certificate for the project, saying the proposed investment could total C$225 million to C$300 million (US$195 million to US$260 million). British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Office, which assesses the effects of major developments, will review the application.

Proposed powerhouses are: 16.6-MW Tipella Creek, 6-MW Upper Fire Creek, 28-MW Lamont Creek, 33.9-MW Upper Stave River, and 18-MW Northwest Stave River. By grouping the powerhouses at the north end of Harrison Lake, Cloudworks said it expects to spread the cost of connecting to BC Hydro’s transmission system across a larger production base than otherwise would be possible.

The project would enable the Douglas Band, and possibly other area First Nations, to obtain electricity from the BC Hydro grid through the Upper Harrison connection, Cloudworks said. A substation also would allow the communities of Tipella and Port Douglas, B.C., to connect to the provincial utility’s grid for the first time, removing their reliance on diesel generation.

For information, contact Nick Andrews, Cloudworks Energy Inc., Suite 403-1168 Hamilton St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2S2 Canada; (1) 604-633-9990; Fax: (1) 604-633-9991; e-mail: n.andrews@cloudworksenergy.com; Internet: www.cloudworksenergy.com.

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