Hamlet of Baker Lake
P.O. Box 149 Baker Lake, NU X0C 0A0 Mayor: Tel: 793-2874 Fax: 793-2509 Power Plant Tel: 793-2930 Fax: 793-2532
Baker Lake is also known as Qamani'tuaq, 'big lake joined by a
river at both ends'. The two rivers joining Baker Lake are designated
Canadian heritage rivers, the Kazan and Thelon Rivers.
Baker Lake, the only non-coastal Inuit settlement in Nunavut, has
long been known for its fine arts. During the 1950s, artists from
Baker Lake pioneered the art of printmaking in the North, achieving
global recognition for their skill. more...
Plant Status Report - Baker Lake - 611
The existing powerhouse was phased in over a period
of years from 1975 to 1985. The building was originally designed as
a parking garage. There is also a shed next to the plant used for
the fuel system. We are currently studying the floor of the plant
for movement. This could lead to work being required in the future.
An office trailer and storage space were added in 1995 along with
improvements to the ventilation, mechanical systems of the building.
A PLC was installed in 1994. The property was fenced in 1996.
The office is an ADCO trailer joined to the plant. The
area between the plant and the office
trailer serves as storage space. This facility is functional, but
storage is at a premium. We use Zbed Fuel Services as our Agent in
Total Installed Capacity
Peak 2000/01 Load Requirement
There are two 90K tanks in Baker Lake
in a metal berm. Our annual supply is all nominated
(1, 655,000 litres) and truck delivered. In 1984 there was a major
spill in Baker Lake from the previous tank farm, which was located
above the existing plant. That spill has contaminated a large portion
of NTPC's property. The Hamlet became acutely aware of this in 1996
during the demolition of the old plant. This demolition was done with
full disclosure to the Dept. of Ren. Res and the methods were agreed
upon. Studies have been conducted and The Hamlet, in 1997, has approached
the Dept. Of Resources, Wildlife and Economic Development. This dept
has committed to look into it this summer.
1. Unit 3031319 has exceeded its anticipated
life span and replacement is required.
2. Geotechnical Evaluation - 98/99 BI.
Residual heat doesn't appear to be an
option due to the location of the plant in town. The
contamination of the site may become a major issue. The Hamlet is
very set on a new plant and brings it up at every opportunity, but
the existing plant will serve beyond our forecast range. The new Head
Office Administration department will be in Baker Lake starting April
2000. Plans are underway to build a new powerhouse in a different
location, completion by the fall of 2002.