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SNC-Lavalin wins C587 million Waneta Expansion hydro project contract

SNC-Lavalin has signed a C$587 million (US$575.6 million) contract to design and build the Waneta Expansion, a 335-MW hydropower facility on the Pend d'Oreille River just south of Trail, British Columbia.

The project, which is being undertaken through a limited partnership of Fortis Inc, Columbia Power Corporation and Columbia Basin Trust, will provide clean power to British Columbia while stimulating the local economy throughout the execution of the project, SNC-Lavalin said in a press release. 

Recently, Fortis Inc. and CPCCBT concluded definitive agreements to construct the 335-MW Waneta Expansion project at an estimated total cost of approximately C$900 million.

"We have been involved in all three expansion projects in the region; the 185-MW Arrow Lakes Generating Station, the 120-MW Brilliant Expansion Project and now the Waneta Expansion Project," said Patrick Lamarre, executive vice president, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. "We are excited to continue our relationship with CPC and CBT and look forward to working with Fortis Inc. and to further expand our existing hydro expertise in British Columbia as part of our green energy plan."

The project mandate, which includes engineering, design and construction of the facility, the supply, installation and commissioning of two turbine-generator units, all balance of plant equipment and power transformers and a 230 kV gas insulated switchgear building for the new power facility, will require extensive environmental management plans, including special measures for the protection of sturgeon.

Engineering and construction work is already under way, and the new facility is expected to go into commercial operation in spring 2015.

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