The Kokish River Hydroelectric Project is a 45 MW run-of-river hydroelectric project (HEP) located on northeastern Vancouver Island, about 15 km east of Port McNeill, BC. The Kokish HEP is owned and will be operated by Kwagis Power LP, a partnership consisting of Brookfield and the ‘Namgis First Nation. EDS delivers the Independent Environmental Monitoring (IEM) service (ongoing) to Kwagis Power LP, and has been doing so since January 2011.
The Project is taking full advantage of existing sites to develop and place its essential components strategically, and environmentally sensibly. These include a clear-span bridge over the Bonanza River near the outlet of Ida Lake, a diversion weir, intake and fish ladder that will allow fish to pass upstream and downstream during all flow conditions, a 9.2 km penstock (80% primarily buried under or beside an existing forestry road), a powerhouse, tailrace and switchyard located on cleared industrial property that recently housed a commercial fish hatchery facility, and approximately 600 m of 138 kV transmission line that will run along an existing road to the interconnection with the BC Hydro grid. The Project and access infrastructure will be located on Crown land as well as on private, commercial land owned by Western Forest Products.