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West Creek - energy for cruise ships and the Yukon ?

October 27, 2012

The Town of Skagway is once again considering development of the West Creek hydro project. With 350 cruise ships each summer the demand for energy is there. Not to mention the Canadians would like some too.


YEC is running out of hydro energy very quickly, say in 2 years, when Victoria Gold’s Eagle mine comes onto the grid. The attraction for this energy for YEC is that it would be available in the winter, just when demand is highest and when Skagway would not need it (no cruise ships around).

It will take some years for this project to get approvals and to be built. This could be a perfect candidate for a P3 project—get the private sector to finance construction and sell the energy to Skagway and YEC in a long term contract.