Second Canada native group to support 196-MW East Toba-Montrose

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

Plutonic announced March 6 it signed a term sheet with the Sliammon First Nation, setting out essential terms of a benefit agreement to be completed between the parties. It previously signed a similar pact with Klahoose First Nation. (HNN 1/4/07) Plutonic is working on another agreement with a third group, Sechelt First Nation.

The newest agreement calls for Sliammon First Nation to support Plutonic’s construction and operation of the project and a 145-kilometer transmission line that will cross traditional territory of the Sliammon First Nation. The line is to extend from the project’s two powerhouses to an interconnection point with the British Columbia Transmission Co. grid at Slatrey Bay on the north shore of Jervis Inlet.

Plutonic said it would recognize and respect Sliammon assertion of aboriginal title and rights, archaeological sites and artifacts, and traditional use of the area. Plutonic will provide Sliammon members with opportunities for employment, training, and contracting. The First Nation also will receive cash payments during construction and operation of the project. Plutonic Power President Donald McInnes signed the term sheet Feb. 28.

In 2006, Plutonic signed agreements to supply BC Hydro about 752 gigawatt-hours per year for 35 years from 123-MW East Toba River and 73-MW Montrose Creek and from 15-MW Rainy River, where project construction is scheduled to begin in July.

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