The Keeyask Project includes the Keeyask Infrastructure Project and the Keeyask Generation Project.
The Keeyask Project is a collaborative effort between Manitoba Hydro and 4 Manitoba First Nations, working together as the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership (KHLP):
- Tataskweyak and War Lake (acting as the Cree Nation Partners);
- York Factory;
- Fox Lake.
Visit the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership 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.
The Keeyask Generation Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was submitted on July 6, 2012.
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.
In 2013, the Keeyask Generating Station underwent an independent assessment under the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol.
Keeyask would be Manitoba's 4th largest generating station, and the 5th generating station in the Split Lake Resource Management Area.
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.