BBE Hydro Constructors Limited Partnership has received a contract to build the 695MW Keeyask generating station on the lower Nelson River in northern Manitoba, Canada.
The contract, which is valued around CAD1.4bn (€909.9m), has been awarded by Manitoba Hydro.
The consortium, which includes Bechtel, Barnard Construction and EllisDon, will commence the project construction in the last quarter of 2014, following the regulatory approvals.
Under the contract, BBE Hydro Constructors will be responsible for developing a seven-unit powerhouse, earthen structures, rock excavation, electrical and mechanical work and the construction and removal of temporary cofferdams.
The project is expected to be complete by 2020.
Manitoba Hydro vice-president Bruce Barrett said that the Keeyask generating station will be a source of renewable energy providing approximately 695MW of capacity and producing an average of 4,400GWh of electricity each year.
Barrett said, "Every one of these companies is a leader in their field, and as a group we think they offer real value to the Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership and Manitoba Hydro in terms of ensuring that this project is completed safely — as well as on time and on budget."
Bechtel global water business manager Brian Sedar said, "Keeyask is upstream from Limestone, the region’s largest generating station, which we completed ahead of schedule and under budget back in 1992.
"We will draw from our experience and look forward to working closely with our partners and Manitoba Hydro to ensuring the success of this project."