Bechtel, partners to build hydropower plant in Manitoba, Canada

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Bechtel, BBE Hydro Constructors Limited Partnership, won a contract worth about $1.25 billion by Manitoba Hydro to build the Keeyask Generating Station on the lower Nelson River in northern Manitoba, Canada.

The Keeyask Generating Station will have a 695 MW capacity and produce on average 4,400 GWh of electricity — enough to power 400,000 homes. The team, which comprises Bechtel, Barnard Construction and EllisDon, expects to start construction on the project later this year, subject to regulatory approvals.

BBE Hydro Constructors will be responsible for building a seven-unit powerhouse, earthen structures, rock excavation, electrical and mechanical work, and the construction and removal of temporary cofferdams needed to manage the river flow during construction.

The first power from the plant is expected as early as 2019 with final completion scheduled for 2020. The Keeyask project has been developed by Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership, a collaborative effort between Manitoba Hydro and the local communities, including Tataskweyak, York Factory, Fox Lake, and War Lake First Nations, and aims to promote sustainable growth in the region.

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