Bawitik Power Corporation (BPC) was notified, pursuant to a July 16, 2018 directive from the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines that the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will be terminating its LRP I Contract with the Lock 25 GS Project, and, that pursuant to a Stop Work Notice, all work on the Project is to cease.

Bawitik Power Corporation
July 27, 2018

The Project

Bawitik Power Corporation proposes to build and operate a 3.0 MW (approximate), low-head, run-of-the-river hydro generating station at the Lock 25 (Sawer Creek) location on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

As currently envisioned, the Project would entail:

  • A 50 m (approximate) intake channel on the west bank of the Otonabee River;
  • A powerhouse beside a newly constructed dam (a separate but coordinated initiative being undertaken by Parks Canada);
  • A 75m (approximate) tailrace channel directing flow back to the Otonabee River
  • A new 2,300 m wood pole power line to an existing Hydro One distribution line on Sixth Line.
  • The Lock 25 GS project is being developed in conjunction with a major initiative by Parks Canada – owners of the dam – to replace this century-old facility.

While the power development and dam replacement are quite separate, every effort is being made to coordinate the collection of the environmental information (biophysical and cultural) required to support the two, distinct approval processes the two projects face under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and, to coordinate the two projects’ construction to minimize disturbance to the environment and surrounding community.

For more information about the Lock 25 Generating Station project, as currently envisioned, visit the links below.  For more information about Parks Canada Lock 25 (Sawer Creek) dam replacement, visit Parks Canada – Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

(updated Oct 18/17)