New power plant in Arctic Bay up and running

Plant replaces 45-year-old system

This map shows where the new Arctic Bay power plant has been constructed. Qulliq Energy Corporation president and CEO Rick Hunt said the power plant has renewable energy integration capability. (Image courtesy of Qulliq Energy Corporation).

By Nunatsiaq News

The Qulliq Energy Corporation has completed the construction and testing of a new power plant in Arctic Bay.

The project was completed ahead of schedule and is now operational, the corporation announced in a news release on Friday.

“The new energy efficient facility is now officially providing reliable power to the community for the long-term benefit of local residents,” Joanna Quassa, the minister of culture and heritage, said in the release.

The $32.4-million plant replaces the 45-year-old system in Arctic Bay, one of the oldest in the territory. It that had outlived its life expectancy, QEC said.

The news release states the new plant is equipped with energy-efficient generator sets that will reduce the company’s consumption of diesel fuel.

Rick Hunt, QEC president and CEO, said in the release that the new power plant has been relocated outside the community, in collaboration with the hamlet. 

A community feast and official power plant opening is planned for the spring. 

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