Canadian utility BC Hydro has awarded three contracts associated with the construction and supply of its 1,100-MW Site C hydroelectric plant.
Together, the contracts account for about US$1.65 billion of the project’s projected $8.2 billion price, with the largest — valued at $1.22 billion — being awarded to the Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC (AFDE) Partnership for the construction of civil works.
These works include Site C‘s powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes — a job that will require AFDE to place more than 700,000 cubic meters of concrete and 34,000 tons of rebar.
AFDE is scheduled to mobilize this spring, with work peaking in 2021 before its scheduled completion in 2023. AFDE has signed a labor agreement with the province’s Building Trades Unions that prioritizes the hiring of local and indigenous workers, with a goal of apprentices comprising up to a quarter of the workforce.
BC Hydro also awarded a contract for $25.2 million to F&M Installations Ltd. for the construction of Site C’s substation, and a $17.57 million contract to REEL COH Inc. to design, supply and commission bridge and gantry cranes.
BC Hydro’s announcement comes on the heels of a self-imposed work stoppage that began when the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations said Site C’s transmission infrastructure would infringe on “critical areas”.
The First Nations groups filed an interim injunction application in late January alleging BC Hydro had violated treaty rights. A hearing is expected in July.
The development was only the latest in the project’s controversial past. The provincial governent had strongly considered terminating it, but decided in December that completing the facility would be the most economical decision.
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