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McLeod Lake Indian Band Signs Agreement for $7 Billion Clean Energy Project


On October 25, 2023, the McLeod Lake Indian Band and the Province of British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding that lays the foundation for a proposed Tse’khene energy transition hub, which contemplates the development of multiple, on-reserve, low-carbon energy projects. The memorandum of understanding provides clarity and direction on regulatory obligations and environmental assessment processes on which the McLeod Lake Indian Band, the Province of British Columbia, and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation will collaborate.

The Tse’khene Hub will be located about 80-90 kilometres north of Prince George, British Columbia, on the Kerry Lake East Indian Reserve and is valued at approximately $7 billion dollars. The Tse’khene Hub will include a hydrogen production facility and a straddle plant and once fully developed, will be one of the largest Indigenous energy projects in Canada. Construction of the facilities is expected to begin in May 2024 and completion is anticipated to be in 2026.

Cassels is acting for the McLeod Lake Indian Band entities.

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