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Milltown Decommissioning

 

Project Background

The Milltown hydroelectric station has been in operation on the St. Croix River since the early 1880s. Currently only four of the seven units are operational with the facility generating less than 3MW. This represents 0.8 per cent of NB Power’s hydro generation and 0.07 per cent of NB Power’s total generation capacity.

NB Power investigated the possibility of extending Milltown’s life as well as improving the fish passage. After an engineering and cost evaluation process, it was determined that extending the life of the generating station was not financially feasible and the Milltown Generating Station should be decommissioned.

Before NB Power can proceed with decommissioning, the project will be registered for an Environmental Impact Assessment with the provincial Department of Environment and Local Government.

NB Power continues to work with the local community and other interested parties related to the future of the station. As part of that commitment to the local community and other interested parties, NB Power has not finalized future plans at this time.

Benefits of the Proposed Decommissioning

  • Decommissioning the Milltown Generating Station and removing the dam will allow for the restoration of Salmon Falls and approximately 16 kilometers of the St. Croix River. This will make about five million square metres of spawning habitat available to the various diadromous fish species.
  • Decommissioning the Milltown Generating Station and removing the dam will allow for the restoration of Salmon Falls and open the area on the St. Croix River for potential recreational and traditional uses.
  • The generating station accounts for about 0.8 per cent of NB Power’s hydro generation, so there will not be a major impact on the overall New Brunswick power grid resulting from the decommissioning.

 

Proposed Project Schedule

Project Activities Timelines

Engagement with First Nations and Stakeholders

Summer 2019 and ongoing through the project

Community Liaison Committee meetings

Spring 2020 and ongoing through the project 

New Brunswick Environmental Impact Assessment Submission (available for public review) and permit

Spring/Summer 2020

Maine registration of permit application and public engagement process

Spring/Summer 2020

Decommissioning Activities

Spring 2021 – throughout 2022

 

More questions?

For more information on this project, contact us at milltownproject@nbpower.com.