A team led by engineering firm Bechtel has been awarded a US$1.25 billion contract from Manitoba Hydro to construct the 695-MW Keeyask hydroelectric plant.
The consortium — BBE Hydro Constructors Limited Partnership — includes Bechtel, Barnard Construction and EllisDon. The group could begin work on the plant by the end of the year, with Keeyask generating power in 2019. Completion is targeted for 2020.
“Every one of these companies is a leader in their field, and as a group we think they offer real value to the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership and Manitoba Hydro in terms of ensuring that this project is completed safely — as well as on time and on budget,” Manitoba Hydro vice president Bruce Barrett said.
Bechtel said it was selected for the project due to its experience constructing the 1,340-MW Limestone plant, located downstream from Keeyask, in the early 1990s.
Keeyask being developed in partnership with Tatskweyak, Fox Lake, War Lake and York Factory first nations groups along the Lower Nelson River in northern Manitoba.
BBE will be responsible for building a seven-unit powerhouse, earthen structures, rock excavation, electrical and mechanical work, and the construction and removal of temporary cofferdams.
HydroWorld.com reported in February that a memorandum of understanding had been signed to investigate the sale of power generated at Keeyask to American power cooperative Great River Energy.
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