Run of River Power Inc. expects to apply for environmental permits in January for eight hydroelectric projects, totaling 120.7 MW, in the Pitt River watershed in British Columbia.
Run of River Project Manager David Kiess said Oct. 19 that field studies have been completed and “the projects all look very good.” The baseline studies found no significant constraints to hydropower development.
The eight projects, located between Vancouver and Whistler on the Pitt River, are 19.6-MW Bucklin Creek, 18.2-MW Pinecone Creek, 10.5-MW Shale Creek, 12.1-MW Steve Creek, 16.4-MW Corbold Creek, 14.8-MW ZZ Creek, 12.7-MW Homer Creek, and 16.4-MW Boise Creek.
Run of River acquired the Pitt River sites from Ledcor Power Inc. in 2005. Development of all the projects is targeted to supply 2007 and 2009 requests for power expected to be issued by BC Hydro.
The developer’s project team is preparing a comprehensive project description to support an application for project certificate under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act in January.
Barkley Project Group Ltd. coordinated technical studies, which were carried out by Streamline Environmental Consulting Ltd., Aztec Geoscience, Aquarius R&D, and PO Sjoman Hydrotech Consulting.
Studies found seven of eight streams had no fish at the project intake locations, while preliminary wildlife studies found no “red-listed” species or critical habitat that would constrain development.
For information, contact President Jako Krushnisky, Run of River Power, 202 – 4882 Delta St., Delta, BC, Canada V4K 2T8; (1) 604-946-9232; Fax: (1) 604-946-9250; E-mail: email@example.com; Internet: www.runofriverpower.com.