Quebec utility seeks small hydropower totaling 150 MW

Quebec province utility Hydro-Quebec seeks bids from small hydropower projects to supply a total of 150 MW. Bids are due Nov. 17, 2009.

To support development of small hydro in the Canadian province, Hydro-Quebec said it will purchase power from new projects of 50 MW or less that are developed by local, regional, or aboriginal communities.

Contracts are to be for 20 years, depending on the length of leases granted by the Quebec government for hydraulic power and for lands. The standard contract provides that developers must obtain all required environmental permits.

The utility said it already has received proposals for: 9.9-MW Franquelin, Franquelin River, by Societe d’energie de la Riviere Franquelin; 8-MW Pont-Arnaud and 5.3-MW Chute-Garneau, both on the Chicoutimi River, by the town of Saguenay; and 25-MW Courbe du Sault, Sheldrake River, by Societe d’energie Riviere Sheldrake Inc.

Hydro-Quebec named Deloitte Inc. to carry out the solicitation process.

The solicitation may be obtained from Hydro-Quebec’s Internet site, www.hydroquebec.com/distribution/en/marchequebecois/pae-200901/index.html. Bids are due by 4 p.m. Montreal time, Nov. 17.

Questions may be submitted until Nov. 6 via the Internet at www.hydroquebec.com/sefco/formulaires/fr/pae200901-questions.html.

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