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SNC-Lavalin wins Award of Excellence for John Hart Hydroelectric Generating Station Replacement Project

SNC-Lavalin has received the Award of Excellence (Energy & Industry) from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) for its work on BC Hydro’s John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project.

The John Hart Generating Station is on the Campbell River in British Columbia, Canada. The John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project is Canada’s first public-private partnership project in the hydropower sector, SNC-Lavalin says. SNC-Lavalin was the prime consultant on the project.

BC Hydro said the replacement project was initiated because the plant, built in 1947, was “aging and needs to be replaced”.

The new station has a capacity of 138 MW and was operationally commissioned in November 2018.

SNC-Lavalin says successes and achievements throughout the project include building the new powerhouse underground to minimize the environmental footprint and offer higher safety in case of a seismic event. The removal of the existing generating facility — including the three penstocks, powerhouse and two of the three surge towers — will further reduce that footprint and have the site better fit in to the adjacent Elk Falls Provincial Park. More than 3.5 million person hours were worked without a lost time accident.

 “We appreciate the support and forward thinking afforded by BC Hydro in recognizing our innovative design to move the new powerhouse underground, as well as their high regards and expectations on environmental protection,” said Travis Smith, senior vice president, global projects, SNC-Lavalin.

Contractors on the project include ASLJV – Aecon – SNC Lavalin Joint Venture, GE Renewable Energy, Frontier Kemper Constructors, Inc., Archie Johnstone Plumbing & Heating Ltd., Co-Gen Mechanical Services Ltd., F&M Installations Ltd. and Viking Fire Protection Inc.

This is not the first award this project has won. The Canadian Hydropower Association (now WaterPower Canada) gave the Outstanding Project award to SNC-Lavalin and BC Hydro.

SNC-Lavalin is a global professional services and project management company that provides comprehensive end-to-end project solutions – including capital investment, consulting, design, engineering, construction management, sustaining capital and operations and maintenance – to clients across the EDPM (engineering, design and project management), infrastructure, nuclear, clean power, and resources businesses.

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