Canada utility awards Island Pond, Portland Creek contracts

Newfoundland &Labrador Hydro awarded contracts to SNC-Lavalin/BAE Newplan for studies that could lead to development of two hydro projects on Canada’s Newfoundland Island.

The SNC-Lavalin/BAE Newplan venture is to supplement 1988 and 1997 studies of the 36-MW Island Pond project, 50 kilometers south of Millertown, within the Bay d’Espoir hydroelectric system. (HNN 6/27/06) The utility said Island Pond would utilize 25 meters of head between Meelpaeg Reservoir and Crooked Lake to generate an estimated of 188 gigawatt-hours annually.

The contract calls for new engineering studies, site surveys, geotechnical investigations, and schedules and estimates. The contractor also will prepare a project and construction schedule, and estimate the project’s capital cost. Work is to be complete by the end of December.

The second contract calls for SNC-Lavalin/BAE Newplan to perform site investigations and office studies to confirm the technical and economic feasibility of the 12.1-MW Portland Creek project adjacent to Portland Creek on Great Northern Peninsula. The project is expected to generate 89.8 GWh annually. Contract work also is to be complete by the end of December.

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