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BC Hydro inks $1.6B contract to build spillways, power intakes at Site C project

BC Hydro and Power Authority has entered into a $1.6 billion labor agreement with Aecon-Flatiron-Dragados-EBC Partnership for the construction of the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways and power intakes at the Site C Clean Energy Project.

The contract falls within the project's $10.7 billion revised budget and includes placing approximately 700,000 cubic meters of concrete, installing 34,000 tonnes of rebar and building two 17-story-high spillways at the the Site C facility in British Columbia, according to a March 16 release. The hydro project is expected to have a total generating capacity of approximately 1,100 MW when it is operational.

AFDE Partnership will begin construction in spring 2018 and the work is expected to be completed by 2023. The project will employ approximately 1,600 people at the peak of construction in 2021.

Additionally, BC Hydro also signed a contract with Nanaimo-based F&M Installations Ltd. to build the Site C substation for $33 million and a $23 million agreement with REEL COH Inc. to design and bring online the generating station and spillways powerhouse bridge and gantry cranes.