Builders courted for Canada’s 435-MW Waneta Expansion

Waneta Expansion Power Corp. seeks expressions of interest in a design-evaluate-build contract for the 435-MW Waneta Expansion project on the Pend d’Oreille River in British Columbia. Responses from qualified engineering and construction teams are due Nov. 30.

WEPC said the proposed design-build contract would include all power plant civil, mechanical, and electrical work, and a connection to a 230-kV transmission line to be built under a separate contract. Waneta Expansion is to be built south of Trail near 400-MW Waneta Dam owned by Teck Cominco Metals Ltd.

WEPC, which is owned by Columbia Basin Trust and Columbia Power Corp., foresees a contract award process similar to that for the owners’ 185-MW Arrow Lakes project (HNN 3/27/06) , completed in 2002, and 120-MW Brilliant Expansion project (HNN 7/28/06), to be completed in 2007.

Applicants should have experience in design and construction of projects of comparable size, the developer said. Short-listed engineer and construction teams will participate in a partially funded proposal competition. A list of eligible turbine and generator suppliers will be provided to short-listed teams.

Registration with payment of a C$1,500 (US$1,300) fee is required to obtain expressions of interest information. The information will be provided at, and following, an optional daylong meeting and site visit planned for Oct. 24, in the Castlegar/Trail area. Registration forms and additional summary information are available on the Internet at www.columbiapower.org/waneta-expansion.

For information, contact WEPC, 844 Courtney St., Third Floor, Victoria, BC V8W 9B5 Canada; (1) 250-953-5179; Fax: (1) 250-356-2819.

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