Ontario venture pursues 7-MW Otonabee River

Trent Rapids Power Corp. is pursuing development of a 6- to 7-MW Otonabee River hydroelectric project in Peterborough.

Trent Rapids, a joint venture of Peterborough Utilities Inc. and Shaman Power Corp., both of Toronto, has applied to the director of waterpower of Parks Canada Agency for a priority permit. The permit would enable it to perform studies of the run-of-river project, which is expected to generate about 30 gigawatt-hours annually.

The project would be built on the west bank of the Otonabee River adjacent to Locks 22 and 23, on private lands and lands leased from Trent University and the federal government. It would feature an intake with control gate structure upstream of the Lock 23 dam, a canal on the west bank of the river leading to a powerhouse and dam, and an outlet channel downstream of the Lock 22 dam.

The Otonabee River project must undergo an environmental screening, as stipulated by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and by guidelines of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. Parks Canada Agency and Fisheries and Oceans Canada launched an environmental assessment of the project in April.

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