Site C Turbine Contract Awarded
Victoria, B.C.- Premier Christy Clark and BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald shared the podium to announce the awarding of the turbine contract for the Site C project.
The $470 million dollar contract has been awarded to Voith Hydro Canada, which is based in Germany and has a Canadian headquarters in Quebec. The company will be responsible for the design, supply and installation of 6 turbines and 6 generators.
BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald says a model of the turbine that will be used at Site C, was built and tested at Voith’s lab in Germany and at an independent lab in Switzerland.
McDonald says Voith has a history in B.C, supplying the first generating unit supplying a generator in 1930 and more recent upgrades to a number of dams including Revelstoke.
The magnitude of the project was described by Premier Clark, “The six turbines could fill an Olympic sized swimming pool in one second.”
Voith says it is committed to hiring unionized workers and will need as many as 150 employees during peak installation and will need mill wrights, electricians, pipe fitters boiler makers and other related trades. Voith, through the Construction Labour Relations Association, has negotiated a labour agreement with the Bargaining Council of British Columbia Building Trades Unions, which represents construction craft unions in B.C. The labour agreement includes participation from 10 BC Building Trades Unions for the installation of the turbines and generators for Site C.