Boralex Inc has announced the commercial commissioning of the 16MW Yellow Falls hydroelectric station, under the terms of a price-indexed power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for a period of 40 years. The station is located on the Mattagami River about 20 kilometres south of the town of Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, Canada.
In a statement, the company said that, for several years, it has worked closely with the local communities, represented by the Mattagami First Nation and Taykwa Tagamou Nation, as well as with the town of Smooth Rock Falls, in order to develop a project that respects their concerns and the surrounding environment, and also provides local economic spinoffs.
Almost 100 specialized workers were on site when construction was at its peak. The power station has one permanent employee, who ensures continuous operations and maintenance; it also calls on a number of local contractors as needed.
The station comprises two 8MW turbines closely connected to a water intake, a concrete dam, water discharge facilities, including two inflatable weirs, along with related infrastructure on the Mattagami River.