Canada miner pursues more new small hydro

Skyline Gold Corp. is pursuing development of two small hydroelectric projects totaling 29 MW in the Canyon Creek and Sulphurets Creek drainage areas, both in northwestern British Columbia.

Skyline, a company engaged in exploring and developing its Bronson Slope gold-copper mining property, said Aug. 1 the B.C. government has determined the company’s water license applications for the hydro projects are sufficient.

Formal acceptance of the applications is the first step in a review process leading to potential approval in the drainage areas, near the Bronson Slope property. In the next step, stakeholders can review and comment on the applications, the company noted.

Hydropower plants at the Canyon Creek and Sulphurets Creek sites could generate 108 gigawatt-hours annually.

Earlier this year, Skyline learned its water license application to generate hydropower from a third drainage area, Bronson Creek, was sufficient to proceed. (HNN 3/10/08) Skyline said it has since amended the application for the Bronson Creek project to increase proposed generating capacity to 8.6 MW from 2.6 MW, and generation to 39 GWh.

Skyline also said it engaged consulting engineers to collect hydrological data to optimize plant capacity and design parameters.

The three proposed plants would be linked by a 60-kilometer, 25- to 60-kilovolt line that could connect with the Alaska power grid at the Alaska border or the 195-MW Forrest Kerr hydro project in B.C. (HNN 2/26/08) Either interconnection would provide maximum flexibility of power options, Skyline said.

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