Manitoba Hydro has handed out its biggest engineering, procurement, and construction contract ever.
The utility recently awarded SNC-Lavalin with a $112 million contract to design and build the Keewatinoow 230-kV AC Switchyard 775 km northeast of Winnipeg.
Keewatinoow will transfer power from the Nelson River’s northern generating stations to Manitoba Hydro’s customers in the south via the future Bipole III HVDC transmission line.
Close to 1,400 km long, Bipole III will improve the overall system reliability and dependability of Manitoba’s power transmission and distribution network.
The Keewatinoow switchyard project consists of a nine-bay switchyard, including all grounding, bus work, lighting, apparatus, protection and controls.
SNC-Lavalin will carry out the design, procurement, construction, and pre-commissioning work for the switchyard. It will then help Manitoba Hydro with the operational commissioning and training of facility staff.
The project wraps up in mid-2017.