TORONTO – Aecon Group announced Dec. 6 that Aecon-EBC General Partnership (AEGP), a consortium between the company and EBC, has been awarded the first phase of a two-phase, $245-million civil construction contract for the John Hart Dam seismic upgrade project in Campbell River, B.C.
The scope of work includes upgrading earth stabilizing infrastructure to improve the seismic resiliency of the dam. An early contractor involvement (ECI) phase will commence in the fourth quarter of 2022.
“Upon successful completion of the ECI phase and following BC Hydro’s final project decision, BC Hydro intends to issue authorization to proceed with construction, which is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2023 with anticipated completion by the end of 2026,” an Aecon release stated.
“This project will ensure the continued supply of safe, reliable power for surrounding communities and adds another signature project to our diverse backlog in Western Canada – underscoring our preeminent reputation as the preferred contractor for complex civil construction,” Aecon Group president and CEO Jean-Louis Servranckx said in a statement.
“We are proud of the critical role Aecon played in successfully delivering the John Hart Generating Station Replacement project and we look forward to working with our partner while further strengthening our relationship with BC Hydro through this collaborative approach.”
Aecon led a joint venture in 2019 to complete the John Hart Generating Station Replacement project in 2019, including construction of a new water intake, replacement of three penstocks with a tunnel, and construction of a new underground generating station and water bypass facility.
The project was the first hydroelectric public-private partnership in Canada and was recognized with the 2018 Tunnelling Association of Canada Award of Excellence, the release stated.