MONTREAL: Engineering firm SNC-Lavalin has signed a $587 million contract to design and build the Waneta Expansion, a 335-megawatt hydroelectric power facility on the Pend d’Oreille River just south of Trail, BC.
This $900 million project, a limited partnership of Fortis Inc., Columbia Power Corporation (CPC) and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), will add to BC’s clean power inventory.
SNC-Lavalin, a Montreal-based global engineering and construction firm, will be responsible for the project’s engineering, design and construction; the supply, installation and commissioning of two turbine-generator units, plant equipment and power transformers; and a 230 kV gas-insulated switchgear building for the new power facility.
The company said the project will require extensive environmental management plans, including special measures for the protection of sturgeon.
Engineering and construction is underway. Commercial operation of the new plant is to begin in the spring of 2015.