Canada utility seeks transformers for 180-MW Bridge River 1, other facilities

Canadian utility BC Hydro invites applications for pre-qualification to supply transformers to various BC Hydro facilities including the 180-MW Bridge River 1 hydroelectric project in British Columbia. Responses are due Jan. 15, 2015.

BC Hydro said it seeks supplier qualifications for as-needed, multi-year supply of power transformers and generator step-up transformers (high side nominal voltage range: 25 kV and below; 69 kV up to 500 kV) for various BC Hydro facilities throughout British Columbia. It also seeks one-time supply of generator step-up transformers (two 100/133 MVa three-phase 362-13.8-13.8 kV outdoor air-cooled transformers) for the Bridge River generating station.

BC Hydro’s 492-MW Bridge River generating system, on Bridge River, includes 180-MW Bridge River 1, 248-MW Bridge River 2, 22-MW La Joie (or Lajoie) Dam, 42-MW Seton Dam, and Terzaghi Dam. It recruited firms in 2013 to replace cooling water piping for four generating units of Bridge River 1 and took bids in June to replace low-voltage circuit breakers and related equipment at Bridge River 2.

A solicitation notice may be obtained from British Columbia’s BC Bid Internet site, Click on Browse, then Browse Using the Advanced Search, Document Number 1856.

Bids may be submitted via the BC Bid site until 11 a.m., Pacific time, Jan. 15. For information, contact Purchasing Department, Quotations, BC Hydro and Power Authority, Bid Station (main floor), 6911 Southpoint Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia V3N 4X8 Canada; (1) 604-623-4346; E-mail:; Internet:,

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