Canada utility qualifies civil works constructors for 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project

Site C Hydropower Project

Canadian utility BC Hydro invites applications for qualification to construct the main civil works of the 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia. An informational meeting is scheduled April 16, with responses due May 30.

Site C would be the third hydroelectric project on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia, joining 2,730-MW G.M. Shrum and 694-MW Peace Canyon Dam. In 1976, BC Hydro chose Site C for potential development after finding Peace River Sites A, B, D, and E were not viable.

Site C is included in BC Hydro's Integrated Resource Plan detailing how the utility plans to meet an expected 40 percent increase in British Columbia's electricity demand over the next 20 years. BC Hydro noted Site C still requires environmental certification, other regulatory permits and authorizations, and approvals before it can begin construction. Last year, it took bids for geotechnical surveying and drilling services at the project.

In the first of two solicitations, RFP 1824, BC Hydro invites expressions of interest and qualifications by May 30 for the "Site C Clean Energy Project – Main Civil Works." Work is to include: 32 million cubic meters of excavation for structures and bank stabilization including the approach channel and tailrace; for river diversion two 10.8-meter-diameter concrete-lined tunnels between 700 and 800 meters in length with cofferdams and intake and outlet structures; a central core zoned earth embankment dam of 1,050 meters in length and 60 meters in height; a roller-compacted-concrete buttress of 800 meters in length and 70 meters in height; and ancillary works including permanent site roads, drainage and debris-handling facilities.

An informational meeting is scheduled April 16 in Vancouver, with questions to be submitted until May 15. Expressions of interest and qualifications are due by 11 a.m., Pacific time, May 30. BC Hydro plans to issue a request for proposals in July to a short-list of respondents.

A solicitation notice and documents may be obtained from British Columbia's BC Bid Internet site, www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca. Click on Browse, then Browse Using the Advanced Search, Document No 1824.

For information, contact Andi Saputra, BC Hydro, E-mail: MCWContactPerson@bchydro.com, and see the project Internet site www.sitecproject.com.

BC Hydro seeks construction camp builders for Site C

In a second solicitation, RFP 1807, BC Hydro invites expressions of interest and qualifications by April 30 from firms to build the Site C project construction camp, 7 kilometers southwest of Fort St. John in northeast British Columbia.

Work is to include design, construction and partial financing of two worker accommodation camps and their operation and maintenance over eight years, including ancillary buildings such as a materials testing lab, BC Hydro offices and an emergency response building.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from British Columbia's BC Bid Internet site, www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca. Click on Browse, then Browse Using the Advanced Search, Document No 1807. For information, contact Catherine Silman, Partnerships British Columbia, for BC Hydro, (1) 604-695-5280, E-mail: catherine.silman@partnershipsbc.ca. Responses are due by 11 a.m., Pacific time, April 30.

For other information on both solicitations, contact Purchasing Department, Quotations, BC Hydro and Power Authority, Bid Station (courier desk/main floor), 333 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5R3 Canada; (1) 604-623-4346; E-mail: bidstation@bchydro.com; Internet: www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca, www.bchydro.com, www.sitecproject.com.

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