Wuskwatim Generating Station
The Wuskwatim Generating Station is located on the Burntwood River, in the Nelson House Resource Management Area, approximately 45 km southwest of Thompson and 35 km southeast of Nelson House. The station was developed and is owned by the Wuskwatim Power Limited Partnership (WPLP), a legal entity involving Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) and Manitoba Hydro. Manitoba Hydro operates the station as part of the Manitoba power grid on behalf of WPLP.
Wuskwatim represents the first time Manitoba Hydro has entered into a partnership with a First Nations community on a generating station project. First Nations input was also critical during the design and planning phase of the project, which included combining traditional knowledge with scientific knowledge during the environmental assessment studies. Traditional knowledge will continue to play an important role in monitoring the operation of the project from an environmental perspective.
Wuskwatim’s low-head design meant the project created less than one half of a square kilometre of flooding, all contained within the immediate forebay area.
Construction started in 2006;
Construction completed in 2012;
; MW Powerhouse & service bay:
3 turbine generators (vertical propeller type);
line from Wuskwatim to Birchtree Station (Thompson); kV 2 230-kV lines from Wuskwatim to Herblet Lake Station.
Wuskwatim: A New Way Forward
It was the first time a First Nation and an energy utility partnered to develop a major hydroelectric generating station in Canada. Watch the results of the groundbreaking partnership between the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) and Manitoba Hydro to develop the 200-megawatt Wuskwatim Generating Station. NCN was involved in all aspects of development, from planning, to construction, to the project’s ongoing environmental monitoring activities. NCN also has the opportunity to create a long-term source of revenue by investing in ownership of the generating station. Construction was completed in 2012.
: Wuskwatim: A New Way Forward. (25:11) Watch with Cree narration
Wuskwatim 2010–2011 Construction Update
Watch major construction activities and milestones that took place as work on this project moved into the final phases.
: Wuskwatim 2010–2011 Construction Update. (9:27)
Fish Habitat Enhancement at Wuskwatim
A variety of fish habitat enhancement projects were implemented by the Wuskwatim Power Limited Partnership to compensate for fish habitat lost as a result of constructing the Wuskwatim Generating Station.
This includes a soil bioengineering project, which is a type of shoreline stabilization method that has never been conducted before in northern Manitoba.
As well, aquatic vegetation is planted in the forebay to boost vegetation growth along the new shoreline. Both projects will encourage fish to stay in the Wuskwatim area.
: Fish Habitat Enhancement at Wuskwatim. (2:53)
Schedule 1-1 — Limited Partnership Agreement (PDF, 2.8 MB) ;
Schedule 1-2 — Management Agreement Schedule (PDF, 489 KB) ;
Schedule 1-3 — Project Financing Agreement (PDF, 5.4 MB) ;
Schedule 1-4 — Construction Agreement (PDF, 824 KB) ;
Schedule 1-5 — Power Purchase Agreement (PDF, 2.8 MB) ;
Schedule 1-6 — Operations and Maintenance Agreement (PDF, 2 MB) ;
Schedule 1-7 — Interconnection and Operating Agreement (PDF, 6.7 MB) ;
Schedule 1-8 — System Operations and Dispatch Agreement (PDF, 1.8 MB) ;
Schedule 2-1 — Nisichawayasihk Nehethowuk Customary Law Principles (PDF, 15 KB) ;
Schedule 3-1 — Construction Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 23 KB) ;
Schedule 3-2 — Monitoring Advisory Committee Terms of Reference (PDF, 22 KB) ;
Schedule 5-1 — TPC Financing Agreement (PDF, 5.8 MB) ;
Schedule 5-2 — NCN Financing Agreement (PDF, 3.1 MB) ;
Schedule 6-1 — Wuskwatim Generating Station, within Manitoba (PDF, 141 KB) ;
Schedule 6-2 — Wuskwatim Generating Station, within Nelson House RMA (PDF, 212 KB) ;
Schedule 6-3 — Wuskwatim Project Structures (PDF, 76 KB) ;
Schedule 6-4 — Description of Primary Structures (PDF, 15 KB) ;
Schedule 6-5 — Description of Secondary Structures (PDF, 14 KB) ;
Schedule 6-6 — Description of Supporting Infrastructure (PDF, 24 KB) ;
Schedule 6-7 — Construction Camp (PDF, 124 KB) ;
Schedule 6-8 — Access Road; Borrow Areas ; Access Road Transmission Easement Area (PDF, 250 KB) ;
Schedule 6-9 — Project Lands; Transmission Leased Lands; Transmission Corridor Easement Area; Communications Tower Easement Area (PDF, 114 KB) ;
Schedule 6-10 — CRD Easement Area (PDF, 95 KB) ;
Schedule 6-11 — Wuskwatim Lands Transfer Agreement (PDF, 1.2 MB) ;
Schedule 6-11-A — Quarry Mineral Lease (PDF, 121 KB) ;
Schedule 6-12 — Transmission Lands Lease (PDF, 623 KB) ;
Schedule 6-13 — Access Road User Agreement (PDF, 165 KB) ;
Schedule 6-14 — Access Road Transmission Easement Agreement (PDF, 371 KB) ;
Schedule 6-15 — Transmission Corridor Easement Agreement (PDF, 372 KB) ;
Schedule 6-16 — Communications Tower Easement Agreement (PDF, 347 KB) ;
Schedule 6-17 — Access Management Plan (PDF, 1 MB) ;
Schedule 6-18 — Area Affected by Water Level Fluctuations (PDF, 673 KB) ;
Schedule 6-19 — Estimated Water Levels on Rivers (PDF, 245 KB) ;
Schedule 6-20 — Wuskwatim Lake Water Regime and the Proposed Post Wuskwatim Project Range of Operation (PDF, 64 KB) ;
Schedule 6-21 — Wuskwatim Project Flooded Lands (PDF, 75 KB) ;
Schedule 7-1 — Routing of Project Local Transmission Facilities (PDF, 99 KB) ;
Schedule 7-2 — Transmission Development Fund Eligible Costs (PDF, 13 KB) ;
Schedule 8-1 — Revenue Advance Consolidation Agreement (PDF, 1.2 MB) ;
Schedule 9-1 — BNA - Articles 12 and 13 (PDF, 41 KB) ;
Schedule 9-2 — C/B/N River Area and Boundary for Northern Residents (PDF, 158 KB) ;
Schedule 10-1 — Northern Purchasing Policy (PDF, 24 KB) ;
Schedule 10-2 — List of Direct Negotiation Contracts (PDF, 12 KB) ;
Schedule 11-1 — NCN Adverse Effects Agreement (PDF, 3.2 MB) ;
Schedule 11-2 — Listed Agreements (PDF, 12 KB) ;
Schedule 12-1 — Officers and Directors of Hydro (PDF, 12 KB) ;
Schedule 12-2 — Regulatory Filings in respect of Hydro (PDF, 24 KB) ;
Schedule 12-3 — Chief and Councillors of NCN (PDF, 11 KB) ;
Schedule 12-4 — Regulatory Filings in respect of NCN (PDF, 11 KB) ;
Schedule 12-5 — Regulatory Filings in respect of the Limited Partnership (PDF, 24 KB) ;
Schedule 16-1 — NCN Deed of Assignment (PDF, 2 MB) ;
Schedule 16-2 — Taskinigahp Trust Indenture (PDF, 2.6 MB) ;
Schedule 16-3 — Commitment Agreement (PDF, 290 KB) ;
Schedule 21-1 — Form of Oath or Undertaking of the Arbitrator (PDF, 12 KB) ;
Schedule 25-1 — Referendum Rules (PDF, 135 KB) ;
Schedule 26-1 — Certificate of Independent Legal Advice (NCN) (PDF, 148 KB) ;
Schedule 26-2 — Certificate of Independent Legal Advice (Hydro) (PDF, 117 KB) .