Kwoiek Creek Resources, a partnership between the Kanaka Bar Indian Band and Innergex Renewable Energy, has commenced operations of the Kwoiek Creek hydroelectric project located in British Columbia, Canada.
The Kwoiek Creek hydroelectric project is a 49.9MW, run-of-river project located on the lower reaches of Kwoiek Creek, a tributary to the Fraser River, approximately 14km south of Lytton, British Columbia.
Construction of the 49.9MW project was commenced in June 2011 and completed in December 2013.
While commissioning of the facility began in December 2013, the company and BC Hydro have modified their agreement, which they signed in August 2006, to fix the stipulated production levels, which needed to be approved by the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC).
After receiving the approval from BCUC, BC Hydro received the commissioning operation date certificate with an effective commissioning date of 1 January 2014 for the Kwoiek Creek project.
The Kwoiek Creek hydroelectric project is expected to have an average generation capacity of 223,400MWh a year. The project is anticipated to generate revenues of $18m and adjusted EBITDA of $15m in its first full year of operation.
The Kwoiek Creek project comprises water diversion and intake facilities, a buried penstock and a powerhouse located on Kanaka Bar Indian Band’s Whyeek IR No. 4 near Lytton.
It also includes an approximately 80km long, 138kV transmission line to transmit electricity generated by the project to the BC Hydro substation at Highland Valley.