Vancouver's NaiKun Wind Energy Group has completed a commercial agreement with the Metlakatla First Nation that will provide transmission access for the company's proposed offshore project. The project site is the Hecate Strait between the Queen Charlotte Islands and the British Columbia (BC) mainland and it has a planned transmission interconnection point south of the city of Prince Rupert in the traditional territory of Metlakatla. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but NaiKun did say it provides the First Nation with "certain economic and financial benefits" and is contingent on NaiKun's successful completion of BC's environmental assessment process. NaiKun chairman Michael Burns says the two parties plan to collaborate to identify opportunities for employment and skill development. "Our agreement ensures the Metlakatla First Nation will be in a position to participate in British Columbia's emerging wind energy industry," he says. NaiKun plans to bid the 320 MW wind farm into BC Hydro's current call for clean power, with proposals due November 25. The project, which will consist of 67-110 turbines, is the first phase of a planned 1750 MW installation.
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