July 24, 2014 by STAFF REPORT
Plutonic Upper Toba Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Alterra Power Corporation, has awarded SNC-Lavalin with a $30.5 million engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the Jimmie Creek hydro project in British Columbia.
The project consists of a run-of-river hydro generation facility on Jimmie Creek in the Toba Valley near Powell River, B.C. SNC-Lavalin will install a rubber dam across the creek to divert flow into a three-kilometre-long buried penstock and surface powerhouse with two 32.5-MW units. SNC-Lavalin will undertake the EPCM services for this part of the project, while also providing environmental supervision and transmission line design services.
“We are proud to take part in the Jimmie Creek project, which will serve the BC Hydro grid by providing 170 GWh 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.”
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. On-site activities began on March 1, 2014 and the targeted in-service date for the project is July 2016.