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Canada's Upper Mattagami-Hound Chute hydro stations in service ahead of schedule

Ontario Power Generation announced that all four hydro stations of the Upper Mattagami - Hound Chute hydro project are in service.

The hydro plants are in service nearly five months ahead of schedule and are on budget, OPG reported. The new stations make more efficient use of existing water, and will add enough clean, renewable electricity to power over 22,000 homes every year.

Sandy Falls Generating Station was the first plant to be completed as part of OPG's larger Upper Mattagami and Hound Chute Project. Lower Sturgeon and Wawaitin were recently declared in service. Hound Chute is the final station to be placed in service.

The work on Hound Chute also included the installation of a special water control structure, called an Obermeyer Weir. Built in consultation with Marsh Bay residents, the weir was installed in 2009 to better regulate water levels on the Montreal River.

The $300 million Upper Mattagami and Hound Chute Project includes redevelopment of the Sandy Falls, Wawaitin and Lower Sturgeon sites on the upper Mattagami River, and the Hound Chute site on the Montreal River.

The combined capacity of the Upper Mattagami generating stations is approximately 35 MW. The Hound Chute station has a capacity of about 10 MW.

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