Deal to build 6-MW project in Yukon pending

Yukon Energy Corp. has entered a tentative deal with Omaha, Neb.-based Kiewit Corp. to build a hydropower project at the Mayo Dam in northwest Canada’s Yukon Territory.

Yukon Energy and Kiewit haven’t yet agreed to a contract price for the construction project, said Yukon Energy President David Morrison. If Kiewit’s price is too high, Yukon Energy said it will seek competitive bids.

The 6-MW Mayo B project includes construction of a powerhouse containing two or three turbine generators near the existing 5-MW Mayo project operated by Yukon Energy. In June, the Canadian government’s Green Infrastructure Fund agreed to provide up to C$71 million (US$65.6 million) for the project. (HydroWorld 6/3/09)

The government said the increase in capacity at Mayo B is made possible by building the new powerhouse in a location that doubles the elevation drop from Wareham Lake. It said that doubles the energy that can be obtained from the water flowing through its turbines without new dams, reservoirs, or new inundation.

Mayo B is expected to reduce Yukon’s reliance on diesel generation by more than 40 percent by 2012.

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