Premier Announces Contract Award for Site C
Prince George, B.C.- It has been nearly one year since the decision to build Site C was made, and today, Premier Christy Clark announced the civil works project has been awarded. The contract will include the earthen dam, spillways two diversion tunnels .
It is the single largest contract BC Hydro has ever awarded, and is valued at more than $1.5 billion dollars. “It is a very exciting day for us at BC Hydro as we take another step forward in this very exciting project” said Jessica MacDonald, CEO of BC Hydro.
Peace River Hydro Partners, a consortium of three companies, has been awarded the contract. The three partners include PetroWest , which is based in Ft. St. John. With the downturn in the oil and gas industry, the work couldn’t come too soon for some in the region says PetroWest President Rick Quigley “Some families are really counting on the opportunities that will come from building this project”.
Quigley says the project aims to hire locally, then others in B.C. before looking to other provinces for workers.
The other two partners are ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada Inc and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd.
BC Hydro is planning a series of job fairs and business to business networking sessions early in the new year. The sessions will provide an opportunity for local, regional and Aboriginal businesses and job seekers to meet the main civil works preferred proponent and other contractors.
Site C is expected to be complete by 2024.