Construction starts on Canada’s 200-MW Wuskwatim project

Manitoba Hydro reports the 200-MW Wuskwatim hydroelectric project on the Burntwood River in northern Manitoba is now under construction.

Federal, provincial, and tribal agencies granted project approvals in June. (HNN 6/26/06) Construction got under way in August, with the start of work on a 48-kilometer gravel access road to the project site.

Manitoba Hydro expects construction of the C$1.2 billion (US$1.07 billion) project will take six years. The first two years will focus on infrastructure, including the access road, clearing of the construction site, erection of a power line to provide electricity to the site, and development of a construction camp.

Manitoba Hydro is developing the project in partnership with the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation at a site 45 kilometers southwest of Thompson and 35 kilometers southeast of the Cree community of Nelson House. Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation members voted in June to approve development of the project in partnership.

For information on tender opportunities as they become available, see Manitoba Hydro’s Internet site, www.hydro.mb.ca. Find tender opportunities for the project by clicking on �Wuskwatim Generating Station� under �Of Current Interest,� www.hydro.mb.ca/issues/transmission_projects/wuskwatim_overview.shtml and by then choosing tendering opportunities.

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