SNC-Lavalin JV to build phase II of hydropower project in Canada


SNC-Lavalin and its joint venture partner M. Sullivan & Son have secured a contract from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for the development of Phase 2 of Calabogie Generating Station Redevelopment.

The cost-reimbursable contract worth CAD100m ($74m) is expected to begin this month and will be completed in two years.

The scope of the JV is to decommission the existing 5MW power station, excavate the forebay and tailrace in line with hydraulic model and to build a new two-unit power station with a capacity of 10.7MW.

The original Calabogie Generating Station was constructed on the Madawaska River, back in 1917, generating renewable, low-cost electricity.

In September 2018, the power station was affected by a tornado in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Before the event occurred, the power station was nearing the end of its operational life.

The new and improved power station can generate enough clean energy to power 10,000 Canadian homes.

The contract follows the front end engineering and design (FEED) phase, where the joint venture developed the target cost for the execution phase by assessing and finalising critical designs.

‎SNC-Lavalin infrastructure services executive vice-president Dale Clarke said: “This award is a recognition of our long-standing expertise in the hydropower industry going back to SNC-Lavalin’s founding. It also strengthens our ongoing commitment to supporting our clients in providing clean power to their customers through sustainable solutions.

“In this instance, with OPG, the redeveloped powerhouse will double the clean power generation capacity at Calabogie without impacting the existing river regime.”

Ontario Power Generation renewable generation president Mike Martelli said: “We’re excited to rebuild one of our oldest generating stations, especially during these unprecedented times.

“Many options were considered over the years, including retrofitting the existing century-old powerhouse, but a complete redevelopment was determined to be the best option and we’re proud to bring more clean energy to Ontario’s grid.”


Ontario Power Generation’s Calabogie Generating Station on the Madawaska River. (Credit: Ontario Power Generation Inc.)

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