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Upper Lillooet River Hydro Plant Finally Online

Hydro developer and operator Innergex has opened the doors on its 48th commissioned site, the 81.4-megawatt Upper Lillooet River run-of-river hydroelectric plant in BC’s Sea-to-Sky district.

Innergex holds a 66.7% interest in the facility; its partner Ledcor Power Group holds the remaining one-third. March 30 is the effective commissioning date listed on its COD certificate.

The facility is part of the Upper Lillooet River Hydro Project, which is comprised of Upper Lillooet River and the 25.3 MW Boulder Creek. The COD for the latter component should be issued 2Q17.

Upper Lillooet River’s should achieve an average annual production of 334,000 MWh, and in turn revenues of approximately $33 million. All of the produced electricity is earmarked by a 40-year fixed-price power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.

The facility as a whole has been a long time coming; the project’s environmental assessment certificate was initially issued in January 2013, and by May of the same year it had received its provincial and federal permits. Initial work, including site clearing, took place in the fall and winter of 2013 ahead of the start of civil construction the following year. That phase took three years and just wrapped this spring. Transmission lines were completed last year in preparation for completion.

Project partner Ledcor Power Group Ltd is privailtey held arm of the Ledcor Group. The company also has an ownership stake in another BC facility, the 7.9 MW Fitzsimmons Creek Hydroelectric Project in Whistler.

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