UPDATE – Canada miner files four more small hydro applications

Skyline Gold Corp. announced Aug. 12 it has filed four more applications for water licenses, bringing to seven its proposed hydroelectric projects totaling more than 72 MW, all in northwestern British Columbia.

Skyline previously announced the filing of applications for three of the projects: 8.6-MW Bronson Creek, 9.2-MW Canyon Creek, and 19.5 MW Sulphurets Creek. (HNN 8/6/08)

The company now says it has filed water license applications for another four projects: 3.1-MW Fewright Creek, 8.4-MW Ketchum, 3.7-MW King Creek, and 19.8-MW Snippaker Creek.

Skyline, a company engaged in exploring and developing its Bronson Slope gold-copper mining property, said the B.C. government has determined the company’s water license applications are sufficient. Formal acceptance of the applications is the first step in a review process leading to potential approval.

In the next step, stakeholders can review and comment on the applications, the company said.

The projects annually would be expected to generate 311 gigawatt-hours, which would be used to power Bronson Slope mining operations. (HNN 3/10/08) Excess electricity above the 170 GWh needed for mining operations would be sold. Skyline said the need for year-round power generation would require winter water storage at some of the projects. The sites will be evaluated for storage potential, it said.

Skyline said it engaged consulting engineers to collect hydrological data to optimize plant capacity and design parameters.

Proposed plants would be linked by a 60-kilometer, 25- to 60-kilovolt line that could connect with the Alaska power grid at the Alaska border or the 195-MW Forrest Kerr hydro project in B.C. (HNN 2/26/08) Either interconnection would provide maximum flexibility of power options, Skyline said.

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