UPDATE – Manitoba Hydro again extends date for 200-MW Wuskwatim

Manitoba Hydro has extended the deadline for bids from general civil contractors to build the 200-MW Wuskwatim hydroelectric project on Manitoba’s Burntwood River. The new due date is July 20.

Manitoba Hydro is developing Wuskwatim in partnership with Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. (HNN 6/1/07) 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 clearing of the construction site, erection of a power line to bring electricity to the site, and development of a camp for construction workers.

Tender documents can be obtained from Manitoba Hydro’s Internet site, www.hydro.mb.ca. Information on other tender opportunities for Wuskwatim is available from the site at www.hydro.mb.ca/cgi-bin/tenders.pl?group=wuskwatim.

Proposals submitted in response to the tender, No. 014013, are due by 4 p.m. July 20 and must be accompanied by a bid bond and consent of surety to issue a performance bond. For information, contact Richard Burelle in Manitoba Hydro’s Purchasing Department: Fax: (1) 204-474-4972; E-mail: rburelle@hydro.mb.ca.

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