Engineering contract awarded for Canada’s 151.8-MW Harrison Hydro

Contractor Peter Kiewit Sons Co. awarded a C$1.6 million (US$1.57 million) contract to Rutter Hinz Inc. for electrical engineering and for protection and control systems technology for the 151.8-MW Harrison Hydro complex northeast of Vancouver.

The project will consist of six remote powerhouses connected to a central interconnection substation at the north end of Harrison Lake, linking the project to an existing transmission line operated by BC Hydro. Commissioning of the substation is scheduled for spring 2009.

Rutter Hinz, Rutter’s controls and automation division, will design the main interconnection substation, and design and supply control and protection systems. It is to coordinate electrical engineering tasks with Kiewit and others. The company also will design and supply the video monitoring system used for remote monitoring of the generation facilities.

Kiewit is a contractor for project developer Cloudworks Energy Inc., Vancouver. Connor, Clark &Lunn Infrastructure Ltd. is an investor in the C$500 million (US$491 million) project. (HNN 11/7/07) Harrison Hydro features powerhouses in two groups, all near Harrison Lake. The Lower Lillooet project group includes 27.6-MW Douglas Creek, 25-MW Fire Creek, and 21-MW Stokke Creek. The Upper Harrison project group consists of 16.7-MW Tipella Creek, 33.5-MW Upper Stave River, and 28-MW Lamont Creek.

Preliminary work on hydropower developments began in February 2007. The projects are to be completed in November 2010.

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