AFDE Partnership, a consortium comprising Aecon, Flatiron Constructors Canada, Dragados Canada and EBC, has signed a contract with BC Hydro for the Site C generating station and spillways (GSS) civil works in British Columbia, Canada.
The $1.6bn GSS Civil Works is one of the largest contracts to be awarded for the Site C Project – a hydroelectric dam and generating station being constructed on the Peace River in northeast British Columbia.
Aecon is the managing partner of the consortium and holds a 30% share of the partnership.
The scope of work includes the delivery of civil works associated with the powerhouse, penstocks, spillways, power intakes, and related ancillary construction work.
The project will include the placement of 700,000m³ of mass and reinforced concrete, 34,000 tonnes of rebar, and more than 11,000 tonnes of steel.
The powerhouse will contain six generators with a combined capacity of 1,100MW, with corresponding intake structures connected to the powerhouse through 80m-long 10-m diameter penstocks.
For this work, AFDE Partnership has signed a project labour agreement with the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 115, the Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers (CMAW) and the Construction and Specialised Workers Union (CSWU) Local 1611.
Aecon Group president and CEO John Beck said: “The award of this project demonstrates the strong and diverse backlog of Aecon’s Infrastructure segment.
“We are pleased to once again work with our esteemed client BC Hydro and look forward to delivering this vital hydroelectric infrastructure with our valued partners.”
As part of the agreement, AFDE Partnership will prioritise hiring locally and within British Columbia, and also provide opportunities for apprentices. This includes up to 25% apprenticeships on the project. The partnership also targets indigenous apprentices and employment.
Construction is likely to begin later in 2018 and is expected to be completed in early 2023.
Nearly 1,600 people are expected to work on the GSS civil works at the peak of construction in 2021. The partnership will work with local, regional and indigenous businesses on supplier and subcontracting opportunities.
Aecon Infrastructure executive vice-president Mark Rivett said: “With Aecon’s work nearing completion on BC Hydro’s John Hart Generating Station project, we look forward to leveraging our seasoned capabilities to execute the Site C generating station and spillways civil works.”