Site C tenders still out for bid

Procurement remains underway despite continuing review of project 

Geotechnical investigations on the north bank of the Peace River | Submitted

While the BC Utilities Commission continues it review of Site C, contract procurement remains underway.

Over the summer, requests for proposals have been issued for substation and transmission construction, powerhouse bridge and gantry cranes, and geotechnical instrument and conductor supplies.

Earlier this summer, Energy Minister Michelle Mungall said no major contracts would be awarded during the dam’s review, while tenders for road realignment and bridge construction at Bear Flat were said to be cancelled.

Site C spokesman Dave Conway noted construction was allowed to continue during the commission’s review. However, procurement for substation and transmission line construction, as well and powerhouse bridge and gantry cranes will not be awarded during the review, he said.

"Smaller construction and service contracts that are required to support existing construction activities, such as environmental remediation, roads maintenance and services contracts, will continue to be awarded during the review period," he said in a statement.

"In addition, BC Hydro will continue to advance procurements for future construction activities, but will not award major contracts until after the BCUC review and only if a decision is made by government to proceed with the project."

The tender for transmission conductors are related to substation construction and transmission line connection to the Peace Canyon dam. BC Hydro is also looking for geotechnical instruments to add to an existing network that monitors construction impact on dam structures, foundations, and excavations.