Newfoundland names contractors for 2,824-MW Lower Churchill

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro announced contracts March 21 for three consulting firms to provide engineering support services for the utility’s 2,824-MW Lower Churchill project.

NLH said it would negotiate contracts with successful bidders Hatch Energy, SNC Lavalin, and Fugro Jacques Geosurveys Inc.

The utility grouped the services it requires into specific work task orders, and assigned that work to the appropriate firms. Each consulting firm will include local companies in their engineering projects over a 12-month period.

Twenty bids were submitted in response to the utility’s request for proposals for engineering support services for the project, on mainland Labrador. (HNN 1/18/07) Each proposal was evaluated for key criteria, including safety performance, engineering expertise, and Innu, local, and provincial benefits.

NLH said external support and specialists provided by the firms would help the utility prepare for environmental and engineering activities leading to project approval.

NLH is reviewing other proposals to select providers of financial advisory services and occupational health and safety services for Lower Churchill, which includes 2,000-MW Gull Island and 824-MW Muskrat Falls. It also has requested transmission service from New Brunswick, Ontario, and Quebec grid operators. (HNN 2/7/07)

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