Canadian engineering company SNC-Lavalin has been selected to work on the first phase of the Lower Churchill hydroelectric project, Nalcor Energy has announced.
The energy corporation issued a letter of intent in December for the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for components of Phase 1, which includes the Muskrat Falls Generating Facility and the Labrador–Island Transmission Link.
“The Project team made its decision following a very thorough decision process based on a number of elements but driven by the value the proponent could bring to the project,” said Gilbert Bennett, vice president, Nalcor Energy – Lower Churchill Project. “SNC-Lavalin offers the world-class engineering, procurement and construction management experience required for a project of this magnitude. Their specialization in hydroelectric developments, transmission, HVdc and civil works will be critical to the successful construction of the Lower Churchill Project.”
Engineering and procurement for the Lower Churchill Project will be performed primarily from St. John’s. As the Project progresses, construction management will occur predominantly at the Muskrat Falls generating site in Labrador, as well as at various transmission locations in Labrador and on the island.
“The EPCM contract aligns with the Project’s Benefits Strategy which ensures that Newfoundlanders and Labradorians are the primary beneficiaries of the Lower Churchill Project,” Bennett explained. “Nalcor will have policies and procedures, as well as monitoring and reporting mechanisms to ensure SNC-Lavalin and any sub-contractors adhere to the Benefits Strategy.”
The contract award is an important milestone for the project and further detailed engineering will move in parallel with other key project elements as Nalcor progresses through to sanction.
The contract does not include the Strait of Belle Isle subsea crossing or the Maritime Link. Nalcor Energy will conduct the work related to the strait crossing using a specialized contractor and a decision on an EPCM contractor for the Maritime Link will be done in conjunction with Nalcor’s partner, Emera Inc.
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