First nation agrees to expedite Canada’s 196-MW East Toba-Montrose

The Klahoose First Nation has signed an agreement with Plutonic Power Corp. to help advance construction of the 196-MW East Toba River and Montrose Creek project in British Columbia’s Toba River Valley.

Plutonic said Dec. 21 it signed a term sheet with the first nation, setting out essential terms of an impact and benefits agreement to be finalized by the parties. Members of the Klahoose community ratified the terms and conditions, Plutonic said.

Plutonic and the Klahoose First Nation are to establish a project liaison committee to facilitate development. Plutonic also is to recognize and respect Klahoose aboriginal title and rights, archaeological sites and artifacts, and traditional use in the area.

The developer also is to provide Klahoose members with opportunities for employment, training, and contracting. Klahoose members will receive cash payments from Plutonic during project construction and for the first 35 years after completion, as well as an annual royalty on revenue thereafter. The company did not specify dollar amounts.

In return, Plutonic will have access to the project site through traditional Klahoose territory. The Klahoose agreed to consent to, and to not impede, hinder, or dispute, the construction or operation of the project. The first nation also will consent to the issuance of an environmental assessment certificate and other licenses, permits, and authorizations for the project.

In 2006, Plutonic signed two energy purchase agreements to supply BC Hydro about 752 gigawatt-hours per year for 35 years from East Toba River and Montrose Creek and from the 15-MW Rainy River project. Plutonic has proposed 22 run-of-river projects in British Columbia with total capacity exceeding 870 MW. (HNN 9/13/06)


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