April 4th, 2014
Contract award expected in summer 2015, subject to project approvals
VANCOUVER – BC Hydro posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) on BC Bid today for main civil works for the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C). This RFQ initiates a 16-month procurement process with a contract award expected in the summer of 2015, subject to environmental certification, other regulatory permits and authorizations, and approvals to proceed.
The scope of the main civil works contract includes the construction of an earthfill dam, two diversion tunnels, and a concrete foundation for the generating station and spillways.
The issuance of this RFQ is consistent with BC Hydro’s procurement approach for Site C, as set out in the project’s January 2013 Business Case Summary and the Environmental Impact Statement, filed with federal and provincial environmental regulators in January 2013. The Site C project website at www.sitecproject.com lists all current and upcoming major procurements, including anticipated timelines.
“It is standard practice for major infrastructure projects to initiate procurements concurrent with environmental and other regulatory processes,” said Dave Conway, Community Relations Manager for the Site C Clean Energy Project. “A project like Site C can better manage risks to budget and schedule by starting the procurement process early, recognizing that construction would not take place unless it receives environmental certification and other approvals.”
Responses to the RFQ are due by May 30, 2014. BC Hydro anticipates that up to four contractors will be shortlisted and issued with a Request for Proposals in the summer of 2014, with contract award in the summer of 2015.
“We are proposing Site C to help meet the long-term electricity needs in British Columbia,” continued Conway. “Subject to approvals, the construction of Site C would create thousands of jobs and contribute about $3.2 billion to our province’s GDP; this would provide economic opportunities for businesses of all sizes, including Aboriginal companies.”
BC Hydro will host business-to-business networking sessions in the Peace Region in September 2014 once the shortlisted proponents for the main civil works contract have been selected. At these sessions, local, regional and Aboriginal businesses will have the opportunity to meet proponents with the objective of building partnerships and opportunities for regional contractors.
The main civil works RFQ can be found on BC Bid at www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca, document number 1824.
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The Site C Clean Energy Project is a proposed third dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeast B.C. Site C would provide 1,100 megawatts (MW) of capacity, and produce about 5,100 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity each year — enough energy to power the equivalent of about 450,000 homes per year in B.C. Subject to environmental certification and other approvals, Site C would be a source of clean, renewable and cost-effective electricity in B.C. for more than 100 years. More information: sitecproject.com.
BC Hydro has been providing clean, reliable power to British Columbians for more than 50 years while maintaining among the lowest rates in North America. BC Hydro is a provincial Crown corporation that serves 1.9 million customers and invests in the electrical system and in energy conservation to deliver a safe and reliable supply of electricity for today’s customers and for generations to come. More information: bchydro.com.
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