Burns & McDonnell-Canada has been awarded a five-year contract by AltaLink, L.P., to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a range of high-voltage transmission line and substation projects throughout the province of Alberta, Canada. Headquartered in Calgary, AltaLink employs 700 and owns and operates the electrical transmission system serving approximately 85% of the residents of Alberta.
The transmission projects will be determined based on need assessments and permitting approvals. Though the project list may be modified, many are expected to address power demands from oil sands development and emerging areas of population growth. Others will assist in integrating new generation from wind resource areas into the provincial grid. The contract includes a five-year option for additional project support, following completion of the initial five-year contract in 2017.
Burns & McDonnell-Canada will work with provincial and Canadian suppliers and contractors on various projects as they are prequalified based on qualifications, safety and quality performance. In addition, several local employment opportunities are anticipated in Calgary and other locations as Burns & McDonnell staffs up to support the various projects.
Burns & McDonnell has extensive experience in power transmission project development, including regional planning in various ISOs/RTOs throughout North America, routing and permitting, land acquisition, community and stakeholder relations, and finance support. This experience complements its traditional project engineering, procurement services, quality control/assurance, schedule control, cost control constructability process reviews, risk management, construction management and other construction services, including testing and commissioning.
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