Province invests in Dalhousie turbine project in the Charlo Dam pipeline

The provincial government has announced an investment of $500,000 for a $1.1-million turbine infrastructure project in Dalhousie.

The funding will go toward the purchase and installation of a 99-kilowatt micro hydro turbine which will be embedded in the Charlo Dam pipeline to generate electricity, which will be sold to NB Power.

Dalhousie Mayor Normand Pelletier says the town is hopeful they can find a third party to invest in this project for the town, which he says will generate $80,000 to $100,000 annually.

The provincial investment is through the Regional Development Corporation, who acquired the dam and the 14-kilometre water pipeline from Abitibi Bowater in 2009.

The town and the provincial government reached a 10-year water supply and service agreement in 2016.