BC Hydro seeks site preparation for 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydro project

Site C Hydropower Project

Canadian utility BC Hydro seeks bids to perform site preparation on the north bank of the Peace River for the proposed 1,100-MW Peace River Site C hydroelectric project in British Columbia. Bids are due Dec. 10.

BC Hydro also called for bids Nov. 28 for engineering consulting firms to engineer water retention and conveyance structures over at least seven years.

Environment Canada and the environment and forestry ministers of British Columbia granted final environmental approvals in October to construct Site C. However, a group of four First Nations have filed a lawsuit contending BC Hydro did not adequately consider the project's impacts on the groups. British Columbia still must make a final investment decision and the province-owned utility must obtain regulatory permits and authorizations.

BC Hydro now seeks proposals to prepare the construction site on the north bank of the Peace River at the location of the proposed dam and project area. Work will be subject to a provincial investment decision to proceed.

Work is to include excavation and disposal of about 3 million cubic meters, quarry development including riprap production of about 100,000 cubic meters, building 7.25 kilometers of access roads, and clearing and grubbing 115 hectares.

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 Number 1951.

Bids now may be submitted via the BC Bid site until 11 a.m., Pacific time, Dec. 10. For information, contact Alison Hall, E-mail: alison.hall@bchydro.com; or Purchasing Department, Quotations, BC Hydro and Power Authority, Bid Station (main floor), 6911 Southpoint Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia V3N 4XB Canada; (1) 604-623-4346; E-mail: bidstation@bchydro.com; Internet: www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca, www.bchydro.com.

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