Hydro-Quebec awards contract for work on Romaine complex

Utility Hydro Quebec awarded a C$5.2 million contract to Thirau, a subsidiary of CVTech Group Inc., for work on the Romaine hydroelectric complex on the North Shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec.

Under the contract, Thirau will build a 34.5 kilovolt (kV) overhead network to supply power to the Des Murailles camp and adjoining worksite. Work will begin Oct. 26 and continue for about five months, CVTech said.

Construction of the 1,550-MW, four-powerhouse Romaine complex began May 13. (HydroWorld 5/14/09) All four powerhouses are expected to be completed by 2020, with the first unit (Romaine 2) scheduled for commissioning in late 2014. Together, the four powerhouses will generate 8 terawatt-hours annually.

“This project presently constitutes the largest construction undertaking in Canada,” CVTech said.

The construction project is expected to pump C$3.5 billion (US$3 billion) into Quebec’s economy through new contracts and the purchase of goods and services, the company said.

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