BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Galore Creek Partnership (50% NOVAGOLD RESOURCES and 50% TECK COMINCO), Coast Mountain Hydro (a NovaGold subsidiary) and various agencies representing the province have agreed on the construction of a new 287-kV electrical transmission line between Terrace, B.C., and Bob Quinn Lake, near the Galore Creek copper-gold project.
Galore Creek has all major authorizations and permits in place to build a 138-kV line to bring power to the mine. Under this new agreement, Galore Creek will contribute toward development of the 287 kV-line infrastructure by paying no more than the estimated costs to build and operate its originally planned 138-kV system. The B.C. government has committed to fulfilling certain milestones by the end of 2008, including completing the environmental assessment process and providing Galore Creek with formal notification of its intent to proceed with the project.
BC Hydro and BC Transmission Corp. have initiated the environmental assessment and permitting process for the project, which will seek input from First Nations and the public. Should the transmission project not proceed for any reason, Galore Creek would initiate construction of the 138-kV line to bring power to the mine.
Details of the Galore Creek development are available at www.NovaGold.net.