BC Hydro awards C$470 million contract for Site C turbines and generators

BC Hydro

BC Hydro announced on April 6 that it has awarded Voith Hydro Inc. a C$470 million contract for the design, supply and installation of six vertical axis Francis turbines, six generators and associated equipment for the Site C hydroelectric project on the Peace River in British Columbia, Canada.

The peak of the turbine-generator installation process is expected to occur in 2022 ahead of the 2024 scheduled commissioning date for the 1,100 MW project. The turbines and generators contract is included within the costs for the project estimated at $8.34 billion.

"A rigorous multi-year competitive selection process resulted in several high quality proposals,” said Jessica McDonald, BC Hydro president and chief executive officer. “Voith was selected because of its strong track record with similar complex projects, and its proposal offered BC Hydro the highest value design, within budget."

Voith has provided equipment for a number of BC Hydro projects that include: Revelstoke Unit 5 project; Ruskin Dam and powerhouse upgrade; and the Gordon M. Shrum turbine replacement project.

According to BC Hydro, Voith Hydro -- through the Construction Labor Relations Association -- also negotiated a labor agreement with the Bargaining Council of British Columbia Building Trades Unions, which represents construction craft unions in B.C.

The labor agreement includes participation from 10 Building Trades Unions and is expected to create about 400 person-years of employment for installing turbines and generators at Site C.

"Site C is currently the biggest energy infrastructure project in Canada,” said Bill Malus, Voith Hydro Canada president and CEO. “We are proud to bring new power generation capacity to the province and we remain committed to the continued development of clean, sustainable energy."

Once built, according to BC Hydro, Site C will provide clean, reliable and affordable electricity for more than 100 years. The company expects the facility will provide enough electricity to power the equivalent of about 450,000 homes per year.

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