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Churchill River Power Project contracts awarded
The Labrador Hydro Project team announced today the awarding of three contracts for the Churchill River Power Project. Two of the contracts involve updates of existing engineering feasibility studies and the third is an environmental study.
A joint venture of SNC-Lavalin Inc. and AGRA Monenco Inc. (SNC-AGRA) was awarded a contract to conduct a 1998 Update of the Feasibility Study for the Gull Island Power Development. This contract is worth an estimated $630,000. In 1997, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro retained the services of SNC-AGRA to perform the original feasibility study. The new contract involves updating the original study and revising the previously submitted capital cost estimates.
A contract for the Gull Island to Soldiers Pond Interconnection - DC System Studies worth approximately $160,000 was awarded to Teshmont Consultants Ltd. This study is a natural progression of work already performed by Teshmont which involved an engineering review and an updated cost estimate for the interconnection. This company's proposal allows for the participation of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro's (NLH's) engineers in the study. This will be beneficial to NLH as its personnel will acquire an understanding of the DC transmission system and obtain an in-depth knowledge of the various system modules involved. Conor Pacific Environmental Technologies Inc. in association with Westworth Associates Environmental Ltd., was awarded a contract to review existing literature on moose in the area of the proposed Churchill River Power Project. This contract is worth approximately $40,000. The work scope and summary of this study will be provided in Innu Aimun.
SNC-Lavalin Inc. and AGRA Monenco Inc. are Canada's two largest engineering contractors with established offices in the province. The joint venture of SNC-AGRA brings together experienced engineers, scientists and technicians from this province. SNC-AGRA has a considerable understanding and knowledge of the Gull Island project and will be assigning much of the personnel from the 1997 study to this project.
Teshmont Consultants Inc. has established itself as a world leader in the field of high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems. Teshmont's staff has a combination of both engineering and technical expertise which makes the company especially qualified in HVDC and EHV-AC power transmission systems. Teshmont has been involved in projects which represent over 50 per cent of the world's installed capacity of HVDC.
Conor Pacific and Westworth have assembled a study team with extensive experience in resource developments and reservoir projects. Conor Pacific is an established Canadian-based company that provides consulting and technical services. Recently, Conor Pacific established an office in St. John's. Westworth has worked in Labrador for the Innu Nation on a number of projects including a fish stock assessment of Mistastin Lake and the development of an environmental strategy dealing with mineral exploration and development in the Voisey's Bay area. Westworth is based out of Edmonton, Alberta.
Contact: Labrador Hydro Project, (709) 737-1823.
1998 08 04 12:50 p.m.