Swift Power Corp. and the Kitselas First Nation have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to develop the 20-MW Dasque Cluster hydroelectric project.
The project is proposed for a site 20 kilometers west of Terrace, B.C., within the First Nation’s traditional territory. The run-of-river hydropower cluster is proposed for two creeks — Dasque Creek and Middle Creek.
Swift Power said it would consult with the First Nation on all phases of the project. A working group will oversee implementation of the accord, and promote and enhance communication, Swift Power said March 17.
Swift Power President Alexi Zawadzki said his company welcomes the opportunity to work with the First Nation.
ï¿½The Kitselas have a strong background in natural resources management and development, and bring skills required to collect, analyze, and interpret traditional and environmental information that is required for the completion of our permitting applications,ï¿½ Zawadzki said. ï¿½This is of immediate benefit.ï¿½
Swift Power offered up to 20 MW from the Dasque Cluster in BC Hydro’s Clean Power Call in 2008. (HNN 12/4/08) BC Hydro, a province-owned utility, has said it intends to complete evaluations of proposals and to begin awarding electricity purchase agreements in April.
Swift Power, an independent power project developer based in Vancouver, reports it holds rights to nine water license applications filed with the B.C. government for several sites on various creeks.