Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What Kind Of Industry Does Nanaimo Want?

The following article comes from the archives of the Daily Commercial News and Construction Record dated Nov. 9, 2004.

$282M B.C. power plant to be built by private sector

B.C. Hydro has announced that Duke Point Power Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Macquarie Essential Assets, Pristine Power and a group of private investors, is the successful bidder in the call for proposals to provide Vancouver Island with a new source of electricity. 

The Duke Point Project, a 252 megawatt, gas-fired power plant to be built at Duke Point in Nanaimo at a cost of $280 million.

Nanaimo Mayor Gary Korpan called approval of Duke Point Power’s proposal great news.
“It ensures a stable, secure electrical supply for Vancouver Island,” he said. “We’ve had brownouts twice in the last two winters and three years ago we had rolling blackouts. Our economic development plans aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on if we don’t have power.” 

The economic impact on Nanaimo will be significant, with 200 jobs created during construction, not to mention services sold to the construction crews. 

The plant itself will provide 15-20 local jobs when it’s running.

I don't recall exactly who led what charge to kill this bit of 'good news' for Nanaimo but I suspect it is the same crowd that is mostly opposed to pretty much everything except coffee shops and art galleries.The same bunch that is against led signs and other forms of visual pollution.


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