Canada’s 8-MW Tommy Creek would power gold mine

Developer Max Pacific Power Inc. has applied for a water permit to build an 8-MW run-of-river hydroelectric project on Tommy Creek, which runs through Oxbow Resources’ Bristol Gold property near Lillooet, British Columbia.

Oxbow said the Tommy Creek project would provide improved infrastructure, inexpensive and clean electricity, and road improvements for exploration and mining of the Bristol Gold project.

�The construction of this small-scale hydro project will be beneficial to Oxbow’s exploration and development plans,� Oxbow President Leonard Fong said. �While building the power plant, road improvements will be made, allowing for better access for our exploration team. Also an environmentally clean power source in such close proximity is a dream for any exploration company.�

The Bristol Gold property is about 175 kilometers northeast of Vancouver. It is 20 kilometers northeast of the Bralorne-Pioneer gold mine, the largest gold mine in British Columbia.

Oxbow Resources, which acquires and develops gold properties, is headquartered in Dover, Del.

Max Pacific Power of Vancouver is developing a number of other hydro projects in British Columbia. They include the Chilliwack Valley Cluster, featuring the Chipmunk Creek, Airplane Creek, and Foley Creek power plants, all downstream of BC Hydro’s 63-MW Wahleach project. The company’s 30-MW Anderson Creek Cluster would feature intakes at Anderson, East Anderson, and Uztlius.

Max Pacific Power also is developing the 103-MW Downton Cluster, which would generate electricity from four high-elevation intakes in the Coast Mountains’ Pacific Range.

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