SNC-Lavalin was awarded the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) contract for the Jimmie Creek Hydroelectric Project in May 2014, by Alterra Power Corporation, following an initial project definition phase that began in 2012.
The Jimmie Creek Hydroelectric Project serves the BC Hydro grid by providing 170 GWh of clean, renewable energy every year. The project consists of a run-of-river hydro generation facility on Jimmie Creek in the Toba Valley near Powell River, British Columbia. A rubber dam has been installed across the creek to divert flow into an approximately three-kilometer-long buried penstock and surface powerhouse with two 31.0 MW units. SNC-Lavalin has been engaged to provide the EPCM services for this project, and will also provide expertise in environmental supervision and transmission line design services.
There is a high level of environmental sensitivity around this project and great care was taken to locate the project components upstream of the natural fish barriers in order to mitigate any impact on fish habitat. This project also strengthens the partnership between our client and the Klahoose First Nation. New employment and contracting opportunities for both First Nations and local communities in Powell River and Campbell River were also created by the construction of this project.
The Jimmie Creek Hydroelectric Project began commercial operations on August 1, 2016. We are proud to say that the project team has worked over 170,000 hours in the field without any lost time incidents.
In 2016, SNC-Lavalin was honoured with the Project Excellence award at the Generate 2016 conference by Clean Energy BC. Clean Energy BC’s mission is to promote and support the growth of British Columbia’s clean energy industry, building strong relationships with government, First Nations and environmental organizations to improve the sector’s social license. Every year, the Project Excellence distinction is presented to an operating company for outstanding teamwork, project development and execution. Nominations are based on the quality of the accomplishment as well as the company’s ability to meet safety, budget, schedule, and performance criteria.