Wataynikaneyap Announces Pre-Qualified Proponents

Thunder Bay, Ont. – Wataynikaneyap Power announced that it has selected the following pre-qualified proponents to receive Engineering, Procurement and Construction RFP packages for Phase 1 and 2 of the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project:

  • Forbes Bros. Ltd. (PenneCon);
  • Power North Contractors JV ( PowerTel, Kiewit and SNC-L);
  • Valard Construction LP; and
  • Voltage Power Ltd. (Sigfusson, Anishnawabe Construction Corporation).

With the pre-qualified proponents now selected, Wataynikaneyap Power’s Owner’s Engineer, Hatch Ltd., will continue preparations to issue the full release of the RFP documents.

In March the federal and provincial governments jointly pledged $1.6 billion enabling Wataynikaneyap Power to move forward with its plan to connect the communities to the electrical grid with approximately 1,800 km of 230 kV, 115 kV, and 44 kV lines in northwestern Ontario. Wataynikaneyap, a consortium including 22 First Nations, will develop and operate the network.

The Project is estimated to create 769 jobs during construction and nearly $900 million in socio-economic value. Once complete, the project is expected to save over $1 billion over the next 40 years compared to continued diesel generation. 

“The announcement of the pre-qualified proponents is the next step for this exciting project,” said Margaret Kenequanash, CEO of Wataynikaneyap Power. “Upon receipt of regulatory approvals, the upcoming construction phase of the project is a critical milestone to connecting 17 First Nations to reliable accessible power.”

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