The Lower Mattagami Project construction has begun in 2010 by OPG in partnership with the Moose Cree First Nation and includes the development of a three-unit facility at Smoky Falls Generating Station site.

The two new units, which are part of a three-unit 267MW station that will replace an existing 83-year-old 55MW station of Smoky Falls/ Kâpâškilehtehk generating station, have already begun operations adding 178MW to OPG’s clean energy portfolio.

The other two units of the Lower Mattagami Project, which is estimated to cost $2.6bn, will commence operations in the coming months.

Moose Cree First Nation chief Norm Hardisty said: "I’m proud of them, and the continuing economic opportunities our partnership with OPG will bring to our community for decades to come."

Canada Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli said: "In addition to contributing to Ontario’s clean energy mix, this project has created jobs and economic benefits for businesses,",

OPG president and CEO Tom Mitchell said: "Our partnership with the Moose Cree First Nation is key to the success of this project and partnerships with First Nations are a key aspect of OPG’s way of doing business.

"With two units left to go, our focus will be on safely completing the job."

The Moose Cree will hold 25% interest in the new units.