Keeyask Hydroelectric Project

Rank 2022


Image Credit: Manitoba Hydro

Industry Sector: Energy

Project Type: Hydroelectric

Project Value: $8.7 billion

Funding Source: Public

Provincial Funding: Provincial/First Nations Keeyask HydropowerLimited Partnership (co-owned by Manitoba Hydroand Keeyask Cree Nations): $8.7 billion

Province: Manitoba

City / Region: Lower Nelson River

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2021

This 695-megawatt hydroelectric generating station will be a source of renewable energy, producing an average of 4,400 gigawatt-hours of electricity each year. The scope of work includes rock excavation, concrete for the powerhouse and spillway, earthen structures, electrical and mechanical work, and the construction and removal of temporary cofferdams needed to manage the river flow during construction.

Energy produced will be integrated into Manitoba Hydro’s electric system for use in Manitoba and for export. Keeyask will be Manitoba’s fourth-largest generating station. The design for the project agreement is based on a partnership model between Manitoba Hydro and the four Keeyask Cree Nations, including the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, Fox Lake Cree Nation, and York Factory First Nation.

A work disruption and subsequent road blockade, both due to the pandemic, delayed some construction works on the project in the spring. However, with its first generators still having come online in fall 2020, there were no significant project delays expected.

Project Owner: Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership

Engineer: SNC-Lavalin; Hatch (engineer); KGS Group; AECOM; Wood (consulting)

Contractor: BBE Hydro Constructors Ltd.: Bechtel, Barnard, and EllisDon

Project/Construction Manager: Manitoba Hydro (acting as project manager and will operate plant on behalf of KHLP once completed); Tetra Tech (construction management support)

Environmental Services: Arcadis Canada Inc.

Other Key Players: Aon (risk/insurance advisor to authority); Golder (info mgmt. solution services); Hanscomb (owner’s cost consultant and special advisor); Boston Consulting Group (capital project analysis); Englobe (quality assurance inspection services); WSP (construction surveying); Dillon Consulting (engineering and environmental services)

Supplier Other: Voith Hydro

Legal: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (advised Manitoba Hydro); Borden Ladner Gervais (legal advisor)

MW Generation Power: 695

2021 Rank: 9

2020 Rank: 8

2019 Rank: 6

2018 Rank: 6

2017 Rank: 7

2016 Rank: 5

2015 Rank: 4

2014 Rank: 3


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