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Hydroelectric stations planned between Lakefield and Trent University in Canada

A pair of hydroelectric generating stations could be built on the Otonabee River, between Peterborough and Lakefield, in Ontario, Canada, local media reported.

Coastal Hydropower Corp., a Calgary-based company, plans to build a hydroelectric generating facility beside the dam at Lock 24 and another hydroelectric generating facility beside the dam at Lock 25.

Together, the two facilities would generate a total of about 4 MW, media reported.

To feed water into the generating station, Trent Rapids Power Corp., which is partly owned by Peterborough Utilities, built an about one-kilometer long canal.

The hydroelectric generating facilities proposed by Coastal Hydropower would require an about 80-meter long power canal, of which 10 meters would be concrete and the remainder would be rock.

But instead of a traditional canal, a 10-metre wide bypass area would be dug out next to the dam, Coastal Hydropower President Neil Anderson said.

Coastal Hydropower would like to start construction in summer 2012, install the turbines in late summer 2013 and complete the project in October 2013, Anderson said.

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