BC Hydro announced it will start increasing construction activities at the Site C dam site in the coming months using a “phased approach.”
The project team stated that the phased approach is based on the provincial health guidelines for industrial camps, and BC Hydro will work with project contractors and unions to begin ramping up construction activities. The first increase in work will focus on restarting some of the main civil works on the earthfill dam and roller-compacted concrete dam buttress.
The site reduced activity in mid-March to only focus on essential activities and critical work required to meet river diversion goals for later this year, cutting its onsite workforce in half.
BC Hydro noted that it received advice from Northern Health on how to implement measures to improve health and safety at its site and follow provincial instructions. This included enforcing social and physical distancing both in camp and at the work sites, enhancing cleaning procedures in the worker accommodation, closing common areas and closely monitoring worker health while on site.
Project officials developed a health screening process for all workers accessing the site, including the B.C. Ministry of Health COVID-19 self-assessment questionnaire, along with a non-invasive temperature scan. These measures will remain in place.
BC Hydro added that it will continue to work with Northern Health to ensure ongoing adherence to these health and safety measures while gradually increasing the number of workers staying at site through the spring and summer.