THUNDER BAY, Ontario – Thirteen First Nations and Vancouver-based Goldcorp signed an agreement on April 4 to incorporate Wataynikaneyap Power. The new company plans to build an electrical power line connecting remote First Nations communities that currently use diesel generators. The line with provide more reliable power to both local communities and industry.
The company is proposing a single project with a two-phase development process. The first phase, a 300-km transmission line, will reinforce electricity transmission into Pickle Lake by the end of 2015, including servicing Goldcorp's Musselwhite mine. Wataynikaneyap has initiated an environmental assessment for phase one.
The second phase will extend transmission north of Pickle Lake to service 10 remote First Nation communities. The company plans to initiate an environmental assessment on phase two in 2013, and could begin connecting communities in 2017.
The project will create new economic development opportunities including potential for renewable energy development. Approximately 1,200 construction-related jobs and 60 long term career opportunities will be created.
Wataynikaneyap means "line that brings light" in Anishininiimowin, named by the elders who provided guidance to the partners.
Learn more at WatayPower.ca.