Canada clears license for 8-MW Otonabee River

The federal government issued a license March 19 for the 8-MW Otonabee River hydroelectric project, authorizing developer Trent Rapids Power Corp. to begin construction adjacent to Locks 22 and 23 on the Otonabee River.

Environment Minister John Baird issued the license for the project, which will be built on the river’s west bank on private lands and lands leased from Trent University and the federal government. (HNN 11/20/07) The project will take water from the Otonabee above Lock 23 and divert a portion of the flow through a canal to a powerhouse below Lock 22.

Trent Rapids President Robert Allen said construction of the C$29 million (US$28.3 million) project is expected to begin in April, with completion targeted for September 2009. VA Tech Hydro is to manufacture the turbines.

The Otonabee River is part of the Trent-Severn Waterway system, a 386-kilometer-long heritage corridor built between 1833 and 1920 that has featured power generation since 1909. Trent Rapids Power Corp. is a joint venture of Peterborough Utilities Inc. of Peterborough and Shaman Development Corp. of Toronto.


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