The Lower Mattagami river generating complex presently
owned and operated by Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG) consists of four
generating stations: Little Long GS (138 MW), Smoky Falls GS (52 MW), Harmon GS
(142 MW) and Kipling GS (154 MW) with a combined total installed capacity of
486 MW. Smoky Falls GS was constructed and placed in service in approximately
1931 by the Spruce Falls Paper Company. It was purchased by Ontario Hydro in
the early 1990's with a view to redeveloping the site to expand its capacity so
that it would be more in line with the other three stations. Ontario Hydro
constructed and placed in service the Little Long GS, Harmon GS and Kipling GS
in the early to mid 1960's. These stations were designed and constructed to
incorporate up to two new units in the future. Currently the complex is
severely constrained at Smoky Falls GS due to its limited capacity and lack of
"LMRP" will add approximately 440 MW of new peaking
capacity to the Existing Assets and allow more effective use of available water
at all four stations.
Purpose of the MECC
The MECC is intended to be a review and advisory body to
assist in ensuring that the Terms and Conditions of the EA Approval for the
LMRP are adequately addressed. The Ministry of the Environment has legislative
authority and oversight regarding compliance with the Terms and Conditions of
the EA Approval.
The structure and composition of the MECC needs to be
relevant and reflective of current relationships with First Nations and current
regulatory regimes while maintaining the intended mandate of the MECC under the
Terms and Conditions of EA Approval.
The primary role of the MECC is to facilitate the
successful implementation of the Terms and Conditions of EA Approval and to act
as a forum for the exchange and making available of information among the
Proponent and the TTN, MCFN and MoCreebec communities (the "First Nation
Communities") with respect to the LMRP.