Manitoba Hydro seeks civil contractor for 200-MW Wuskwatim

Manitoba Hydro has issued a solicitation for a general civil contractor to build the 200-MW Wuskwatim hydroelectric project on Manitoba’s Burntwood River. Proposals are due June 1.

Manitoba Hydro is developing Wuskwatim in partnership with Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. (HNN 12/1/06) The powerhouse is to be built at Taskinigahp Falls, 40 kilometers southeast of Nelson House. The project is expected to inundate less than a square kilometer.

The contractor is to provide supervision, labor, materials, plant, tools, equipment, and transportation. The province-owned utility expects construction of the C$1.2 billion (US$1.07 billion) project to take six years.

Preliminary construction started in 2006, with work on an access road to the powerhouse site. The first two years of activity is to focus on infrastructure, including the access road, clearing of the construction site, erection of a power line to bring electricity to the site, and development of a camp for construction workers.

A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting is scheduled Feb. 21 to clarify items associated with documents and the process for the tender, No. 014013. Those planning to attend must pre-register by Feb. 14 with Richard Burelle in Manitoba Hydro’s Purchasing Department: (1) 204-474-3950; Fax: (1) 204-474-4972; E-mail: rburelle@hydro.mb.ca.

Manitoba Hydro indicated there will be additional tender opportunities. For information, see Manitoba Hydro’s Internet site, www.hydro.mb.ca. For tender opportunities see www.hydro.mb.ca/cgi-bin/tenders.pl?group=wuskwatim.

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