Narrows Inlet Hydro Project

Project Summary

The Narrows Inlet Project is a hydroelectric project located located within shíshálh Nation territory approximately 75 km northwest of Vancouver and 50 km north of the town of Sechelt situated at the northern end of the Narrows Inlet, in the Tzoonie River valley. The Project consists of three small-hydro generating stations and will have the capacity to generate 33 megawatts (MW).

The project has undertaken a rigorous permitting and review process, including an environmental review process.  BC Hydro issued an Energy Purchase Agreement for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project in August 2010. Environmental certificates for these three projects were issued in January 2014.

Partnering with the shíshálh Nation

BluEarth believes deeply in developing renewable energy projects in partnership with First Nations in a manner that balances social value, environmental protection, and the principles of shared revenue. BluEarth has great respect for the traditions, knowledge, and involvement of Aboriginal groups, as well as the value their involvement adds to projects. BluEarth and the shíshálh Nation have an Impact Benefits Agreement (IBA) for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project which provides for economic opportunities and financial benefits as well as information sharing.

  • Capacity of 33 MW of clean renewable power
  • Located approximately 75 km northwest of Vancouver, BC
  • Acquired in May 2015

The Project includes five main components as indicated below:

  • 19 MW run-of-river generating station at Chickwat Creek
  • 7 MW generating station at Upper Ramona Creek which uses Ramona Lake as its
    water source
  • 7 MW generating station at Lower Ramona Creek which uses water from Ramona
    Creek and the outflow from the Upper Ramona Creek component as its water source
  • Transmission lines and collector substation to transmit the electricity to the point of
    interconnection with the BC Hydro electrical system
  • Temporary Infrastructure including lay down areas, construction camp, temporary
    roads

Project Schedule

Project Location

Project Site Map

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Further Information
For further information about the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project, email projects@bluearth.ca call 1-844-214-2578 or register for project updates by email.

Project Newsletters

Environmental Assessment

For details on studies completed during the Environmental Assessment and to access all supporting documentation, visit the Environmental Assessment Office’s Project Information Centre.

Since the issuance of the Environmental Assessment Certificate, a number of studies have been initiated as indicated below:

  • Chickwat water quality and temperature baseline study
  • Ramona water quality and temperature baseline study
  • Chickwat Creek anadromous spawning surveys
  • Ramona Creek anadromous spawning surveys
  • Chickwat Creek resident fish movement study
  • Chickwat invertebrate baseline study
  • Ramona invertebrate baseline study
  • Narrows Inlet Hydro Project Northern Goshawk broadcast surveys  and habitat suitability verification
  • Salamander survey and habitat suitability assessment of Ramona Lake
  • Ramona Creek Instream Flow Study
  • Ramona Lake water quality and temperature baseline study
  • Chickwat Creek Coastal Tailed Frog baseline Study – preliminary
  • Ramona Creek Coastal Tailed Frog baseline Study
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Narrows Inlet: Work on the transmission line continues to be on hold due to a high fire risk

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Clearing and access works on the transmission line is on hold due to the high fire risk, however, pole installation continues. BluEarth is committed to public and employee safety and we will resume construction when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact projects@bluearth.ca or 1-844-214-2578.

July-28

Narrows Inlet: Transmission Line Construction

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Work is beginning on the transmission line construction for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project, starting with access upgrades and Right of Way clearing and preparation. As previously communicated, this work includes accessing a portion of the Transmission Right of Way using the North Lake FSR (refer to the map).

To accommodate the shared uses in this area the following measures will be taken:

  • Construction speed limits will be in place for the North Lake FSR. The construction speed limit for the portion of the North Lake FSR as it passes the Klein Lake Campground will be 15km/hr and signs will be posted along the route. For the portion of the North Lake FSR north of Klein Lake Campground we will be following the currently posted speed limit for the FSR. The forestry roads south of the junction with the Suncoaster Trail will be assessed by the contractors safety department and a speed limit will be posted accordingly, likely 30-50km/h.
  • We are responsible for maintaining the roads under our road use agreements for the North Lake FSR and A&A Trading Forestry Roads.
  • Contractors were previously notified of work restrictions in this area based on feedback we received at our open house in February. Any heavy traffic (larger than a pick-up truck) will be planned to avoid the weekends. Of course if there is a safety concern or another restriction, some minimal heavy traffic on the weekends may need to be accommodated. We also have plans in place to accommodate the BC Bike Race later this summer and minimize any traffic on the race route during that time. We will work to ensure that construction activities are kept to a minimum on weekends, which should minimize noise in the Klein Lake campground area during the busiest times.
  • Our Contractors will be responsible for dust control along the routes we are using and are currently looking into the use of a chemical dust suppressant of either calcium chloride or lignin sulfonate. These will be used only under approval of the Independent Environmental Monitor to avoid any adverse environmental effects by adhering to any required setbacks for use near waterbodies. A chemical dust suppressant has worked well on the Main Project Site at Narrows Inlet, as well as other construction sites throughout the lower mainland.
  • Our contractors will be working under the Regulations in the BC Wildfire Act or modified Regulations outlined in our High Risk Exemption Letter. To determine the daily Fire Danger Class we will be relying on our Project specific weather station for Narrows Inlet. These regulations require fire prevention strategies, which include fire watch on completion of each day’s work (duration dictated by Danger Class), having ground based mobile water delivery systems, and high risk work shutdowns if required.
  • Signage will be used in the area and along the access routes to maintain safety of those working and using the area. Signs will be posted by the Contractor this week. During any falling/brushing for road upgrades adjacent to Klein Lake temporary road closures may be required. Works of this nature will be timed appropriately to avoid busy periods and traffic control and associated signage will be used.
  • We will also continue to use keep our project website up to date with information about the project.

Please feel free to contact projects@bluearth.ca, if you have any questions.

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Narrows Inlet: Construction activities near Doriston

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The Narrows Inlet Hydro project has started brush clearing in preparation for transmission line construction.  Construction contractors have also been busy working on the east side of Skookumchuk Narrows and are now ready to begin construction activities on the west side of the Inlet near Doriston.

Below is a list of the work that is planned to begin the week of May 8th on the Doriston side.

. Dock Installation
. Staging area brushed out
. Road grading and culvert replacements
. Brushing of roads

Work on the North Lake FSR will commence in approximately two weeks and continue throughout the summer.

Contractors have been made aware of local residents, and we will be planning work accordingly, to ensure we meet all requirements and take care when working near the watercourses in the area. The Project’s Independent Environmental Monitor will be overseeing all transmission line works to ensure compliance with permits and regulations.

BluEarth Invitation to comment - Jan 25, 2017

Application to Amend Environmental Assessment Certificate, #E13-04, for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project

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tems sayamwu Limited Partnership (previously Narrows Inlet Hydro Holdings Corporation) has submitted an application to the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) for an amendment of the Environmental Assessment Certificate #E13-04. The application for amendment is primarily focused on changes to alignment of the transmission line. Please see the attached ad (above) for further details on the proposed changes. There is a 14 day public comment period to ensure any potential concerns are identified for consideration as part of this process.

 

 

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Second Application to Amend Environmental Assessment Certificate, #E13-04, for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project

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Narrows Inlet Hydro Holdings Corporation (NIHHC) submitted a second application to amend the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) #E13-04 for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project, originally issued in January 2014 and amended in February 2016. The application for amendment is focused on design changes of the Upper and Lower Ramona Creek hydroelectric facilities, and addressing omissions in the Project boundary and reflecting permit requirements. The Environmental Assessment Office recently circulated an Invitation to Comment, which describes the proposed changes and provides information on how the public can view the amendment application and provide feedback on the proposal.

Narrows Inlet: Project Update

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After receiving preliminary regulatory approvals, NI Hydro Holding Corp. has begun initial site work on the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project. To date, the Company has:

  • Installed a construction camp at the head of Narrows Inlet at the site of the old log sort
  • Mobilized materials and equipment
  • Began upgrading roads and bridges in the Tzoonie River valley and Ramona Creek valley:
    • Work on the Tzoonie Mainline forest service road (FSR) commenced in February
    • Work on the Ramona Creek FSR will begin at the end of February
    • Existing wood bridges and box culverts, which were in significant disrepair, are being replaced with steel structures that follow appropriate industry standards
  • Placed signage at the entrance to affected access roads

Note: While access to the area remains open to the public, access may be affected for short periods of time due to road and bridge work. There is Project signage throughout notifying visitors of activity. Site visitors are required to check-in at the site safety office upon arrival, for their safety and that of others. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

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Figure A – Marking for anchor bolts

 

 

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Figure B – Placing girders onto steel bearing plate

 

If you have questions or comments about the project, please contact:
Jared Sproule
NI Hydro Holding Corp.
c/o BluEarth Renewables Inc.
projects@bluearth.ca
1-844-214-2578
www.bluearth.ca/narrowsinlet

Narrows Inlet: Application for Rezoning

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Narrows Inlet Hydro Holding Corporation submitted an application to the Sunshine Coast Regional District to rezone the sites for the three powerhouses and temporary use permit area related to laydown area for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project (NIHP). The project is located north of Narrows Inlet within the Tzoonie River valley, in the Halfmoon Bay Official Community Planning Area.

Project Location

Narrows Inlet_Site Map

NIHP underwent a provincial environmental assessment starting in 2012 and an Environmental Assessment Certificate was issued in 2014. The next step will be a Sunshine Coast Regional District staff report to the Planning and Development Committee on December 10, 2015 where the bylaw may be recommended for Second Reading and a public hearing date could be proposed.

Additional information can be found at: http://www.scrd.ca/Hydro-Power-Projects.

If you have any questions or comments about the rezoning application please contact:
David Rafael, Senior Planner
Sunshine Coast Regional District
1975 Field Road, Sechelt, BC, V0N 3A1
david.rafael@scrd.ca
604-885-6804 ext. 4

If you have questions or comments about the project, please contact:
Jared Sproule
Narrows Inlet Hydro Holding Corporation
c/o BluEarth Renewables Inc.
projects@bluearth.ca
1-844-214-2578
www.bluearth.ca/narrowsinlet

 

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Application to Amend Environmental Assessment Certificate, #E13-04, for the Narrows Inlet Hydro Project

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Narrows Inlet Hydro Holdings Corporation (NIHHC) submitted an application for an amendment of the Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) #E13-04 for the Narrows Inlet Hydro project (Project), issued on January 15, 2014, under the Environmental Assessment Act.

The application for amendment is focused on design changes of the Chickwat Creek hydroelectric facility, and addressing inconsistencies and errors in the two Schedules of the EAC. The Environmental Assessment Office recently circulated an Invitation to Comment, which describes the proposed changes and provides information on how the public can provide feedback on the proposal.