Bechtel-led team to build 695 MW Canadian hydro project

27 March 2014

A Bechtel-led consortium has won a contract worth around CAD$1.4 billion (€850 million) to build the Keeyask Generating Station on the lower Nelson River in northern Manitoba, Canada.

BBE Hydro Constructors, which also includes Barnard Construction and EllisDon, will be responsible for building a seven-unit powerhouse, earthen structures, rock excavation, electrical and mechanical work. The contract scope also includes the construction and removal of temporary cofferdams needed to manage the river flow during construction.

Brian Sedar, manager of Bechtel's global water business explained how his company would draw on its previous hydropower project experience in the region.

"Keeyask is upstream from Limestone, the region's largest generating station, which we completed ahead of schedule and under budget back in 1992," Sedar said. "We will draw from our experience and look forward to working closely with our partners and Manitoba Hydro to ensuring the success of this project."

Manitoba Hydro and the local communities, including Tataskweyak, York Factory, Fox Lake, and War Lake First Nations are developing the 695 MW Keeyask hydro project though a collaborative venture, the by Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership.

The Keeyask Generating Station is expected to start construction later in 2014, subject to regulatory approvals and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

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