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    Power Plant

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    Proposed New Power Plant at Chesterfield Inlet

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Qulliq Energy Corporation (QEC) is a Government of Nunavut territorial corporation. Through the operation of 25 stand-alone diesel power plants, QEC is the sole provider of electricity to approximately 15,000 customers in the territory. Qulliq Energy Corporation is proposing to construct and operate a new power plant in the Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet. This will replace the existing power plant, which was constructed in 1975 and which has exceeded its design life. As the facility continues to age and become more outdated, it has become more difficult to maintain, and thus reliability is declining. Without reliable equipment, QECs customers are at risk of system failure.This proposed multi-year project will include a new four-engine power generation facility with installed capacity of 1,270 kilowatts. It is designed for a lifespan exceeding 40 years, and it will incorporate new technology to improve reliability, efficiency, and safety. Construction will include a fuel-storage system consisting of two 90,000 litre horizontal fuel tanks, and fuel-pumping facilities. QEC also plans to construct a Quonset garage, as well as storage facilities for transformers, utility poles, oil, and glycol. Space will be allocated for transient staff accommodations, sea cans for storage, and a back-up emergency generator. Upgrades to the existing distribution system will also be required to connect to the new power plant. An approximately 250-metre fuel pipeline will be constructed to connect to the Petroleum Products Division (PPD) bulk fuel facility located to the southwest. The pipeline will be a combination of aboveground and underground construction. The new plant will be capable of integrating renewable energy sources.The proposed new lot is approximately 6,200 square metres located on unsurveyed, untitled municipal land off of Crescent 1A, and is located 250 metres northeast of the PPD bulk fuel facility. The area proposed for the power plant has been designated by the Hamlet for industrial land use. A QEC land application was approved by the Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet on September 3, 2020.The Nunavut Water Board has confirmed that our plant will not affect any water bodies. There are no designated wildlife areas, marine protected areas, territorial or national parks or Inuit-owned lands in conflict with the power plant location. An archaeological impact assessment was carried out in July 2021, and 30-metre buffer zones were established. Construction fencing will be used to ensure that heavy machinery does not enter the buffer zone.The anticipated project schedule is shown below.Schedule for the Chesterfield Inlet Power Plant ProjectTaskTimeChoosing the site and doing the studiesMarch 2021 to March 2022 (already done)Detailed Engineering Design April 2023 to March 2024We hire a ContractorApril 2024 to March 2025Contractor builds the new plantApril 2025 to December 2026 (seasonal)Testing the new plantJanuary 2027 to March 2027Plant Handover to QEC StaffMarch/April 2027Operations (power production)2027 to 2067 and beyondOn average, 21 workers are estimated to be required on-site for the duration of construction. This will vary based on the construction phase. The contractor awarded the construction tender will determine the required labour force to meet project requirements. Contractors will be obligated to meet mandatory Inuit labour levels for all construction work. QEC has staff in Chesterfield Inlet who take care of the daily operation of the existing power plant. This includes a full-time Plant Superintendent and two part-time Assistant Operators. Existing staff will transition over to the new power plant once it has been constructed and commissioned. No new staffing is anticipated to be required as a result of this project. The majority of construction materials for the project will be delivered by annual sealift. Some materials may be sourced locally or delivered via cargo plane depending on size and quantity. The contractor will be responsible for sourcing construction equipment. This may include subcontracting locally available equipment or bringing equipment to the community through the annual sealift. This project is anticipated to provide an overall benefit to the Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet with more efficient use of diesel fuel and the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions. It will also enable QEC to improve power generation infrastructure in the community, support future growth, and achieve its mandate for the provision of safe, reliable electrical power to the communities that it serves. (Note: This power plant will run for more than 40 years. However, the software that runs this NIRB website is unable to accept dates past calendar year 2049. The actual plant lifetime will extend beyond the year 2067.)

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Board voting 2022-06-17
  • Received Comment submissions from Parties: Notice re comments received 2022-06-16
  • Commenting period 2022-06-16
  • Application screening started 2022-05-19
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