Ontario extends deadline for bids to develop 3-MW Wasdell Falls

Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources has extended the deadline for proposals to add about 3 MW of hydropower generation to the ministry’s Wasdell Falls Dam. The new deadline is Aug. 18, extended from Aug. 11.

The solicitation, CRP-01-06, is the second for the project. The government did not choose a proposal from its initial solicitation.

The dam was built in 1914 by the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario in the Black-Severn River watershed north of Washago. Originally built to generate hydropower, Wasdell Falls’ 750-kW power plant was decommissioned in 1955. Today the dam is used to control water levels for recreation.

Developers submitting proposals must register online at www.mnr.gov.on.ca/mnr/renewable/extranet.html. Registrants will receive a username and password to use the extranet site, where documents and other information are available.

Proposals are due by 3 p.m. Aug. 18. For information, contact Tosh Gierek, Waterpower Site Release Coordinator, Lands and Waters Branch, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, 300 Water St., Peterborough, Ontario K9J 3C7 Canada; (1) 705-755-1521; E-mail: stan.gierek@mnr.gov.on.ca.

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