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SNC-Lavalin awarded EPCM Jimmie Creek hydro contract


July 24, 2014 – SNC-Lavalin says it has been awarded the $30.5-million engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the Jimmie Creek hydro project in British Columbia by Plutonic Upper Toba Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Alterra Power Corp. (which will own the project in partnership with a fund managed by Fiera Axium Infrastructure Inc.).

“We are proud to take part in the Jimmie Creek project, which will serve the BC Hydro grid by providing 170GWh of clean, renewable energy every year,” said Alexander (Sandy) Taylor, president, Power, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. “This project will further strengthen the partnership between our client and the Klahoose First Nation. New employment and contracting opportunities for both First Nations and local communities in Powell River and Campbell River will also be created by the construction of this project.”

The project will consist of a run-of-river hydro generation facility on Jimmie Creek in the Toba Valley near Powell River. A rubber dam will be installed across the creek to divert flow into a 3-km long buried penstock and surface powerhouse with two 32.5MW units. SNC-Lavalin will also provide environmental supervision and transmission line design services.

Work on Jimmie Creek began in 2012 with the initial project definition phase, and proceeded into implementation with the signing of the EPCM contract in June 2014. Onsite activities began on March 1, 2014, and the targeted in-service date for the project is July 2016.