Manitoba Hydro authorizes site work at 695-MW Keeyask hydropower project

Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro has authorized modular builder Britco to commence the second phase of construction camp work at the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric project in Manitoba.

Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership, a partnership of Manitoba Hydro and four first nations, officially broke ground in July for the project on the Lower Nelson River in northern Manitoba.

Britco, the modular building division of WesternOne Inc., was awarded a first phase of the project in 2012, at which time Britco designed, built and installed 500 dormitory rooms, a gymnasium, recreation center, water treatment facilities, kitchen and dining areas at the site.

The second phase, approved Aug. 19 after regulatory approval, includes design, manufacture, delivery and installation of an additional 1,500 modular dorm rooms with an addition to the kitchen and recreation facility for a total of 387 modular units. The total value of the second phase is C$100 million (US$91 million).

A consortium — BBE Hydro Constructors Limited Partnership — including Bechtel Canada Co., Barnard Construction of Canada Ltd. and EllisDon Civil Ltd. won a contract in March to construct Keeyask. Manitoba Hydro took bids in June for powerhouse cranes for the project.

Keeyask’s first generating unit is to go on line in 2019, with all seven units commissioned by 2020 at a total cost of C$6.5 billion (US$5.9 billion).

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