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Keeyask Project

Keeyask Generating Station

The Keeyask Project includes the Keeyask Infrastructure Project and the Keeyask Generation Project.

The Keeyask Project is a collaborative effort between Manitoba Hydro and four Manitoba First Nations, working together as the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership (KHLP):

  1. Tataskweyak and War Lake (acting as the Cree Nation Partners);
  2. York Factory;
  3. Fox Lake.

Visit the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership website.

New On July 16, 2014 construction began on the Keeyask Generating Station.
View the News Release on the KHLP website.

On July 2, 2014 the Province of Manitoba issued an Environment Act licence No. 3107 for the Keeyask Generation Project proposed by the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership. The licence incorporates recommendations from the Clean Environment Commission (CEC).
View the News Release on the KHLP website.

On May 7, 2014 the Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship released the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission's (CEC) report on the Keeyask Generation Project, recommending that the project be issued a license under the Manitoba Environment Act. The CEC report made a number of licensing and non-licensing recommendations for the construction and operation of the project.
Read the report on the CEC website.

Provincial and federal regulatory approvals for the Keeyask Infrastructure Project have been obtained. Environmental Act License No. 2952 was issued on March 8, 2011.

Keeyask Generation Project

The Keeyask Generation Project site is currently being studied for possible hydroelectric development. Keeyask is located in northern Manitoba, Canada, in the Split Lake Resource Management Area:

  • 725 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg on the lower Nelson River;
  • 35 kilometres upstream of the existing Kettle Generating station, where Gull Lake flows into Stephens Lake;
  • 58 kilometres east of the community of Split Lake and 30 kilometres west of Gillam.

The proposed Keeyask Generating Station will be a source of renewable energy, providing approximately 695 megawatts of capacity and producing an average of 4,400 gigawatt hours of electricity each year. The renewable hydroelectric energy produced will be integrated into Manitoba Hydro's electric system for use in Manitoba and for export.

The General Civil Works Contract (GCC) was awarded to BBE Hydro Constructors LP, a limited partnership between Bechtel Canada Co., Barnard Construction of Canada Ltd. and EllisDon Civil Ltd. View the News Release on the KHLP website.

Read more about the current status of the Keeyask Generating Station.

Keeyask Infrastructure Project

Work on the Keeyask Infrastructure Project – including preliminary work on access road construction and camp development – began in early 2012. This work will provide for timely and efficient construction of the Keeyask Generating Station should it receive all necessary regulatory approvals.

Keeyask infrastructure work is being undertaken to achieve the following objectives:

  • To provide early business opportunities for the Keeyask Cree Nations.
  • To provide early and more employment opportunities for First Nation members, northern Aboriginal people and other northern and Manitoba workers.
  • To provide more time for Cree Nation businesses to develop their management capabilities.
  • To accelerate investment to support the promotion of sustainable growth in the Province of Manitoba.

Keeyask Transmission Line Project

On July 10, 2014, we received an Environment Act Licence (Licence 3106) from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship. This Project consists of transmission lines, station development and station upgrades to support the construction and operation of the Keeyask Generation Station.

Review details of the project and the environmental assessment submitted to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship.

As part of the environmental assessment, an Environmental Protection Program (EPP) has been developed. The program will prescribe mitigation and protection measures to avoid and reduce potential environmental and social effects.

Review the EPP documents developed for the Project.