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GE-led consortium wins Manitoba Hydro contract to replace Winnipeg substation

August 14, 2015 | By Renée Francoeur

August 14, 2015 – A consortium led by GE’s Digital Energy business has won an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Manitoba Hydro to build a 66 kilovolt gas-insulated substation (GIS). The contract, valued at $31.4 million is the first substation order for GE’s Digital Energy business in Canada and will help meet Winnipeg’s growing energy needs, according to GE.

The new Adelaide Street substation will be built in downtown Winnipeg, replacing the utility’s aging substation on King Street in the Exchange District.

GE submitted the bid under an open consortium approach, with GE as the consortium leader and HB Construction Company as the engineering and construction partner. Teshmont, a Winnipeg-based company that specializes in high-voltage DC power transmission services, also plays a role as GE’s key sub-contractor responsible for protection and control engineering and associated testing.

The consortium’s scope of work on the new substation includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning support of three 30-megavolt ampere transformers; 66-kilovolt gas-insulated switchgear; and 12-kilovolt metal-clad switchgear.

“Winning this bid to build the new Adelaide Street substation—with our partners HB Construction and Teshmont —reflects the confidence Manitoba Hydro has in our project management experience, technology expertise and ability to deliver their project on time and within budget,” said Emanuel Bertolini, general manager—global projects, with GE’s Digital Energy business.  “After working on numerous substation projects around the world, we look forward to showcasing our expertise and regional supply chain capabilities to execute our first substation development project in Canada.”

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