Upgrades to Ontario’s Lower Mattagami hydropower project ahead of schedule

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Canadian utility Ontario Power Generation has announced that a new 67 MW turbine unit is now generating power at its 138-MW Little Long hydropower plant.

Little Long, part of the Lower Mattagami project, is home to one of several powerhouses that are receiving equipment upgrades and replacements. Once completed, Lower Mattagami’s cumulative output capacity will increase from 486 MW to 924 MW, OPG said.

“This achievement is the result of OPG’s project management practices,” OPG President and CEO Tom Mitchell said. “These include up-front planning, collaborating with partners and stakeholders to address issues, and careful execution and monitoring of results.”

The project is being executed in partnership with the Moose Cree First Nation.

“This project has changed the economic landscape of the Moose Cree First Nation and the surrounding area,” Chief Norm Hardisty Jr. said. “It is environmentally sustainable and has created many economic opportunities, including hundreds of jobs for our citizens, as well as other Ontarians.

“This project has enabled our First Nation to establish a strong economic foundation to build on in the years ahead.”

OPG said the project — which also includes work at the 142-MW Harmon and 154-MW Kipling hydropower plants — is “tracking on schedule and on budget”. Work on all of the Lower Mattagami projects is expected to be completed in 2015.

“The Lower Mattagami project is supported by a long-term partnership with First Nations that will deliver long-term results for Ontario’s electricity system,” Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli said. “This is a remarkable achievement which will provide clean, reliable and affordable electricity for Ontarians.”

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