28MW Peter Sutherland Sr. generating station officially open

Anthony Capkun
August 30, 2017
An inside view of the completed powerhouse. Photo courtesy Coral Rapids Power.
An inside view of the completed powerhouse. Photo courtesy Coral Rapids Power.
August 30, 2017 - Last week, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) celebrated the official opening of the $300-million Peter Sutherland Sr. Generating Station.

Completed this Spring, the 28MW waterpower project is a partnership between OPG and Coral Rapids Power, a company wholly owned by TTN. The station came in on-budget and ahead of schedule, adds OPG, and with no lost-time incidents.

The project team installed two turbines, a steel penstock, a 340-m long open channel, a spillway dam and 7-km transmission line.

Located about 80 km north of Smooth Rock Falls (near the junction of New Post Creek and the Abitibi River), the Peter Sutherland Sr. GS is named after a community elder. At peak, over 200 people worked on project, including close to 50 Indigenous people, says OPG.

In fact, about 60% of the total labour requirement for the onsite work was met by the northern Ontario labour market. Meantime, Indigenous contractors supplied $50-million worth of goods and services to the project.

“Our partnership with OPG is strong due to the relationship we’ve built on a foundation of respect and trust,” said Coral Rapids Power president Wayne Ross. “Our community members have gained a long-term revenue stream and transferable skills that our members will use on other infrastructure projects.”

PHOTO: An inside view of the completed powerhouse. Courtesy Coral Rapids Power.

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