Keeyask Hydroelectric Project

Rank 2020

8

Industry Sector: Energy

Range $8.7 billion

Specific Sector: Hydroelectric

Project Value: $8,700,000,000

Government Funds Involved: Public

Funding Source: Public

Location Manitoba

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.

By the fall of 2019, the project was on target to achieve 97 per cent of all concrete pours, full assembly of Unit 1, and completion of the north, central, and south dams by the end of the year.

Project Owner: Keeyask Hydropower Limited Partnership

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

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

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

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

2019 Rank: 8

2018 Rank: 6

2017 Rank: 7

2016 Rank: 5

2015 Rank: 4

2014 Rank: 3

Municipal Funding Number: 0

Image Credit: Manitoba Hydro