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July 31, 1998
(Mines and Energy)

The following is being distributed at the Labrador Hydro Project, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro:

Engineering contract awarded

The Labrador Hydro team announced today the awarding of another large engineering contract for the Churchill River Power Project. This contract, valued at approximately $900,000, involves a feasibility study for the development of extra high voltage (EHV) transmission lines in Labrador.

A joint venture of Rousseau Sauve Warren Inc. (RSW) of Montreal, Quebec and EDM Consultants Ltd. of Corner Brook submitted the successful proposal. In this study, EDM Consultants will play a significant role providing data necessary for construction logistics and methods, access, camps and facilities, as well as coordinating all site visits. The joint venture will work in association with two sub-contractors: Plaveco Gerance Ltd. and Newfoundland Geosciences Ltd. Under the supervision of EDM Consultants, the St. John's-based Newfoundland Geosciences Ltd. will be responsible for geotechnical investigations including photo-interpretation, ground proofing and report preparation.

The contract was awarded on a competitive basis. A request for proposals (RFP) was issued in June. The RFP documents were prepared by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (NLH) with the aid of Hydro-Quebec (HQ). In addition, NLH and HQ jointly agreed on evaluation criteria for the proposal.

The RSW-EDM team brings more than three decades of experience to this study. RSW is a consulting engineering firm specializing in hydroelectric power generation and power transmission projects. Since its inception, RSW has been involved in major power generation projects and transmission systems including the Churchill transmission system. EDM Consultants Ltd., has been providing consulting engineering services in the province since 1981.

This is the second engineering contract awarded to RSW-EDM. In June, Premier Tobin announced the awarding of a contract to this team to conduct a feasibility study of the Churchill Falls extension worth approximately $1.8 million.

Work on the Churchill River Power Project has been moving quickly over the last three months. To date over 25 contracts for environmental and engineering studies have been awarded. Field crews have already started working out of many sites in Labrador including Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Churchill Falls, and a field camp at Gull Island.

Contact: Labrador Hydro Project, (709) 737-1823.

1998 07 31 3:20 p.m.

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