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Power line proposed to link Prince Rupert to Work Channel hydro projects

Sequoia Energy is hoping for approval to build a 68 kilometre power line to connect the Prince Rupert substation to seven proposed hydropower projects around Quotton Inlet off Work Channel.

The company's investigation plan outlines plans for a line that would run along the shores of the inlet and Work Channel capable of carrying 69 kilovolts of power to Prince Rupert in order to provide a potential 53.6 megawatts of power to the substation. Seqouia said it is planning to be as minimally invasive as possible during the investigation phase, with studies expected to continue until the end of 2015.

"For investigative purposes, the proposed transmission line route will be accessed via boat landing, helicopter and by foot dependant on the area within the route requiring study. It is anticipated that a minimum of one helipad will need to be constructed to allow access to sections of the proposed transmission line that cannot be practically accessed by boat or by foot from existing access locations," reads the report.

The seven projects include examining potential at Toon River, McShane Creek, Quottone Inlet tributary, Marion Creek and Lachmach River.

Once at the end of Work Channel Road, the power line would cut through the forest before reaching Highway 16 at the end of Diana Lake.

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