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July 12, 2010

Forrest Kerr plans hydroelectric project in British Columbia

Forrest Kerr, a subsidiary of AltaGas Income Trust, is planning to invest $700 million in the construction of a 195-MW run-of-river hydro-electricity generation project located in northwest British Columbia, about 100 km north of Stewart, B.C.

The Forrest Kerr Project is to be constructed wholly within Tahltan Nation traditional territory.

Site development activities are underway and AltaGas anticipates initiating construction soon.

The Forrest Kerr Project will channel a portion of the Iskut River flow through a tunnel to an underground powerhouse, where it will pass through turbines to produce electricity, before it is returned to the river.

The project is expected to come into service in 2014 and will provide enough electricity for about 70,000 homes in B.C.

It will deliver electricity to the previously announced Northwest Transmission Line.

AltaGas Income Trust has announced a 60-year electricity purchase deal with BC Hydro for power from the project.

JOC News Service

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