The Lower Mattagami project was revived in 2005, when the government gave planning authority to Ontario Hydro`s successor, OPG. After significant negotiations with Elign Cree and subject to an environmental assessment, the Minister of Energy adopted a directive to the Ontario Energy Authority in 2007 to negotiate with OPG an electricity purchase contract for renovated lower Mattagami stations, including Smoky Falls.  As part of the remediation contract, OPG negotiated an agreement with Elch Cree to allow Elch Cree to acquire up to 25% stake in the four-station Des Mattagami River complex.  The contract was signed in May 2009 and began to be built a year later.  A partnership with Moose Cree First Nation was crucial to moving the project forward. THE FIRST, OPG worked closely with moose Cree Chief and the Council and partnered with the First Nation in 2009. As part of the Amisk-oo-Skov agreement, Elch Cree will hold a 25% stake in the project. A typical water station remains in operation for 100 years or more, so the municipality of Moose Cree will have a source of income for many years to come. The agreement also provided valuable training and employment opportunities that helped rejuvenate the municipality of Elch with a much-needed economic boost. Moose Cree`s companies have received more than $300 million in project contracts and more than 250 First Nation and Métis employees in the state-of-the-art building.
The agreement also provided valuable training and employment opportunities and helped rejuvenate the municipality of Elch with a much-needed economic boost. Through Moose Band Development Corp. (MBDC), Moose Cree First Nation entered into an agreement with OPG, the project`s promoter and local utility company, in 2010. OpG receives the remaining 75% of the equity. The agreement provides our members with valuable training and employment opportunities, and Moose Cree has received more than $300 million in project contracts. The project is bound by the Amisk-oo-skow agreement between Moose Cree and OPG.