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Wuskwatim Generation Project - Environmental Assessment and Licensing

Client: Manitoba Hydro
Location: Wuskwatim, Threepoint, and Opegano lakes and the Burntwood River, northern Manitoba
Date: 1999-2006

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Wuskwatim Generation Project - Environmental Assessment and Licensing

The Wuskwatim Generation Project is a 200 megawatt hydroelectric generating station on the Burntwood River at the outlet of Wuskwatim Lake in northern Manitoba. Construction on the project began in 2006 and was completed in late 2012. Ownership of the project is by the Wuskwatim Power Limited Partnership, a partnership between Manitoba Hydro and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN). Under the terms of the project development agreement, Manitoba Hydro manages the operation of the station.

As a major hydroelectric development, Wuskwatim required licencing under Manitoba's The Environment Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The project also required other approvals, including an Authorization under the federal Fisheries Act. In addition, Manitoba required that the project be subject to a hearing by the Clean Environment Commission.

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