Newfoundland courts engineers for 2,824-MW Lower Churchill

Newfoundland and Labrador’s electric utility has issued an expression of interest to six engineering and project management companies to determine their interest in bidding for detailed engineering design of the 2,824-MW Lower Churchill hydroelectric project in Canada’s Labrador region.

Nalcor Energy, parent of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, said it issued the call Feb. 20 to:
o Bechtel Infrastructure Corp., Frederick, Md., U.S.;
o Black &Veatch Corp., Kansas City, Mo., U.S.;
o Hatch Ltd., St. John’s, Newfoundland;
o MWH Americas Inc., Chicago, Ill., U.S.;
o SNC-Lavalin Inc., St. John’s, Newfoundland; and
o URS Corp., New York, N.Y., U.S.

Nalcor proposes the C$9 billion (US$7.1 billion) Lower Churchill project for two sites on the Lower Churchill River in Labrador, 2,000-MW Gull Island 1and 824-MW Muskrat Falls.

�The release of this EOI is consistent with Nalcor Energy’s gateway planning methodology and will ensure that we are prepared for future activities should the project proceed to the development phase,� Lower Churchill Project Vice President Gilbert Bennett said.

As part of its overall assessment, Nalcor asked potential bidders to provide details of their plans to optimize project benefits locally and to the province.

The utility said local companies interested in providing assistance to any of the companies could contact them directly. For information, see the project’s Internet site: www.lowerchurchillproject.ca.

Nalcor submits Lower Churchill environmental impact statement

Nalcor Energy submitted an environmental impact statement for the project Feb. 17. The EIS will be distributed and reviewed by a five-member, federal-province joint review panel. (HNN 1/13/09)

The public also will have an opportunity to consider and respond to the EIS through public hearings convened by the panel. The environmental assessment process is expected to be completed in 2010, the utility said.

�We are very pleased to move to the next phase of assessing the potential development,� Bennett said. �In preparation for this submittal, we have consulted with communities and groups throughout the province. They provided invaluable input to the process and the ultimate EIS.�

Analysis of data and results of consultations indicate the project would provide long-term sustainable economic and social benefits to the province, Nalcor Energy said.

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