Canada utility extends qualifying for civil works of 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project

Peace River Site C Hydropower Project

Canadian utility BC Hydro has extended the deadline for applications for qualification to construct the main civil works of the 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia. Responses now are due June 13.

BC Hydro previously scheduled an informational meeting April 16 and called for responses by 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. It still requires environmental certification, other regulatory permits and authorizations, and approvals before it can begin construction.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued a report in May, saying British Columbia will need new energy and capacity, with Site C being the least expensive of alternatives. However, the CEAA panel said BC Hydro has not fully demonstrated the need for the project in the current timetable and issued a lengthy list of recommendations to Canada's Minister for Environment for monitoring and mitigation if the project should proceed.

In RFP 1824, BC Hydro invites expressions of interest and qualifications 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.

Expressions of interest and qualifications now are due by 11 a.m., Pacific time, June 13. 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. For other information on the solicitation, 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.

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