Why are OPG and Coral Rapids Power considering this Project?

In April 2006, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) and the Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) to jointly explore hydroelectric development opportunities within the Abitibi River drainage basin, north of Highway 11. As a result of this initiative, a potential waterpower generation location was identified on New Post Creek, a tributary of the Abitibi River.

The New Post Creek Hydroelectric Project, proposed by OPG with its partner Coral Rapids Power (CRP), a corporation wholly owned by the TTN, would take advantage of a portion of this diverted flow descending 60 metres (m) between New Post Creek and the Abitibi River, all within TTN Traditional Territory, to generate approximately 25 megawatts (MW) of electricity.

What is the history of the New Post Creek Diversion?

In 1963, Ontario Hydro constructed the New Post Creek Diversion Dam on the Little Abitibi River in order to supply additional generating capacity at its Otter Rapids Generating Station (GS). The Otter Rapids GS is owned and operated by OPG under the authority of a Water Power Lease. The dam allows significant flows to be diverted along the constructed New Post Creek Diversion Channel and New Post Creek to the Abitibi River upstream of Otter Rapids GS.

How can you build a hydroelectric generating station in the Park?

To carry out the Proposed Undertaking, the deregulation of a small portion of Little Abitibi Provincial Park is necessary to align with requirements of the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act, 2006. Replacement lands adjacent to the park boundary have been identified resulting in a larger park and enhanced ecological integrity. TTN and OPG were involved in the process to determine these replacement lands. The Class EA for Waterpower Projects process will be coordinated with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources' Crown land use amendment and Class EA processes to amend of the park boundary for the Proposed Undertaking.