“We are very pleased to have TransCanada in our community. From day one they have demonstrated great corporate citizenship which has made working with them a pleasure.”
Gordon Schermerhorn, the mayor of the Town of Greater Napanee, used these words to describe his experience working with TransCanada at a recent groundbreaking for the Napanee Generating Station project.
The mayor attended the groundbreaking and reception with community leaders from Lennox and Addington County, Loyalist Township and the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.
This milestone comes after more than two years of engagement with the Town of Greater Napanee and surrounding communities. Throughout the development process, TransCanada employees fostered meaningful relationships with local officials, stakeholders and residents to ensure that the project plans were communicated and gathered feedback so the facility could become an integral part of the community.
“As a municipality, we believe in working in a cooperative way to help companies meet our planning requirements. In this case, I believe we have set a very positive example for others of how local governments and companies can work together to get timely approvals while addressing local concerns,” says Schermerhorn.
“The construction phase of the Napanee Generating Station is a key milestone for the project and for TransCanada. Endless hours went into the consultation process; we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the Town’s willingness to work with us in a fair and transparent manner,” says Bill Taylor, executive vice-president and president, TransCanada Energy.
“This process has provided us with an invaluable experience and more importantly has made us a strong community partner in Napanee,” says Taylor.
Efficient clean energy
The $1.2-billion Napanee Generating Station will be a highly-efficient combined-cycle natural-gas-fired facility generating 900 megawatts of clean energy under a 20-year supply contract with the Independent Electricity System Operator.
The facility will use the latest in generating and environmental control technology which will make it one of the most efficient and cleanest power generation facilities in Ontario.
The Napanee Generating Station is expected begin operating in 2018 and will play a vital role in the province of Ontario’s power supply mix while ensuring reliable power supplies will be available as demand grows in the future. Once operational, the facility will supply clean-energy to approximately 900,000 homes.
Supporting the local economy and community
Providing opportunities for local community members has been a priority for TransCanada since the project was first announced. The construction and operation of the facility will provide significant economic benefits to the community including the creation of approximately 650 to 750 construction-related jobs. Approximately $308 million is expected to be spent during construction in the Napanee, Belleville and Kingston areas.
As part of our commitment to ensure that the local community is actively involved throughout the development of the facility, TransCanada has established a Community Liaison Committee (CLC), as outlined in the Community Host Agreement.
The CLC provides a forum for open and meaningful engagement between the community and TransCanada about project updates and construction activities. The CLC will also work to address and resolve any potential concerns from the community.
Becoming an active community partner has been an integral part of the project and will continue to be a focal point for TransCanada as construction proceeds.