Site C not necessarily a slam dunk: Bennett, Business in Vancouver, October 15, 2014
“Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett says he is still torn on whether his government should give the green light to BC Hydro’s $7.9 billion Site C hydroelectric dam…”
Vaughn Palmer quoting Bill Bennett, The Vancouver Sun, October 17, 2014
“Despite the rumours to the contrary, government has not made a final decision on Site C. We are definitely not in the ministry of energy biased toward one choice or another. No one should think that we have made a decision to build Site C, because we haven’t.”
Meanwhile, in the real world, Partnerships British Columbia issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to three shortlisted proponents for Site C worker accommodation as part of the selection process for building worker accommodation at the Site C dam site.
“The design, construction, partial financing, operation and maintenance of two temporary accommodation camps for the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C). The two camps — one located on the north bank and one on the south bank of the Peace River — would provide accommodation and recreational facilities for the majority of workers at the dam site for the duration of the Site C construction period.”
Site Preparation – North Bank
The purpose of this RFP is to select a proponent who will be responsible for site preparation on the north bank of the Peace River at the site of the proposed dam and surrounding project area. Any work contemplated under this RFP is subject to a provincial investment decision to proceed to construction of the Project. No construction will begin unless all relevant approvals are in place.
The scope of work under the Contract will generally include the following site preparation activities:
(a) excavation and disposal of approximately 3,000,000m3;
(b) quarry development, including riprap production, of approximately 100,000m3;
(c) building of approximately 7.25 kilometres of access roads; and
(e) clearing and grubbing of approximately 115 hectares.
BC Hydro will give consideration to a request from a proponent for a site visit and has tentatively identified November 18 – 20 as dates for such site visits. To register please email the Contact Person at firstname.lastname@example.org.