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Manitoba Hydro awards $1.4B contract for hydroelectric project on Nelson River

Trio of Bechtel Canada, Barnard Construction and EllisDon won construction contract for project



TORONTO—Manitoba Hydro has awarded a $1.4-billion contract for the construction of a proposed 695-megawatt hydroelectric generating station in northern Manitoba.

BBE Hydro Constructors LP, a consortium made up of Bechtel Canada Co., Barnard Construction of Canada Ltd. and EllisDon Civil Ltd., won the massive deal to build the Keeyask Generating Station, a hydroelectric project on the lower Nelson River.

A joint venture between Manitoba Hydro and and the four Keeyask Cree Nations, the project would produce an average of 4,400 gigawatt hours of electricity annually.

The contract awarded to the trio of construction firms covers site excavation, and the construction of a seven-unit a powerhouse complex, a concrete spillway, approximately 2.2-kilometres of earth dam and 23-kilometres of earth dyke structures.

Manitoba Hydro will manage construction of the project on behalf of its partnership with the Keeyask Cree Nations.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, subject to regulatory approvals, with a proposed in-service date of 2019.

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