by Aaryn Lambert

    Muskrat Falls – Procurement Opportunities

    The Muskrat Falls Project offers many opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada, and Canada. In fact, the project will provide more than $1.4 billion in total income to labor and business throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, and more than $3.4 billion across Canada. Nalcor, project owner and operator, is committed to optimizing these benefits and communicating with the business community regarding procurement opportunities.

    The Muskrat Falls Project Includes Three Key Components:

    824 megawatt hydroelectric generating facility at Muskrat Falls on the lower Churchill River.

    1,100 km high voltage direct current transmission line from Muskrat Falls to Soldiers Pond on the island of Newfoundland.

    480 km high voltage direct current maritime transmission line (planned, financed, and constructed by Nova Scotia’s Emera Inc). The Muskrat Falls Project offers many opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Canada, and Canada. In fact, the project will provide more than $1.4 billion in total income.
    Nalcor Energy and SNC-Lavalin Inc. It’s important for the business community to understand the role of both Nalcor and SNC-Lavalin Inc. in the Muskrat Falls Project procurement process.

    Nalcor Energy Nalcor oversees the entire Muskrat Falls work and owns the project. Nalcor is the contracting entity for procurement, and is directly responsible for the Strait of Belle Isle Marine Crossing.

    SNC-Lavalin Inc.

    SNC-Lavalin is responsible for engineering, procurement, and construction management for Muskrat Falls and on land transmission. They will execute and manage the procurement
    process on Nalcor’s behalf. Therefore, SNC-Lavalin will administer all contracts and purchase orders for Muskrat Falls. SNC-Lavalin Inc. is the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor for Muskrat Falls and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link. Engineering and procurement is currently being conducted in St. John’s. As the project moves forward, construction management will occur on site at Muskrat Falls, and along the transmission route.

    The Procurement Process

    Procurement opportunities will include contracts, purchasing, expediting, inspection, logistics, and material control. The general process for bidding on contracts is clearly outlined on the SNC-Lavalin Inc. website.

    Contract packages will be listed and updated on the SNC-Lavalin Inc. website. For Muskrat Falls and the land portions of the Labrador-Island Transmission Link, view at https://gps.snclavalin.com/content/LowerChurchill/projects/project.html.

    Contracts and packages related to the Strait of Belle Isle Marine Crossing will be updated on Nalcor’s website: https://nalcorenergy.com/Lower-Churchill-Project.asp.

    Before bidding on contracts, businesses should consider the evaluation criteria:

    • Commercial requirements
    • Commitments made in IBA, NL Benefits Strategy, and NL/NS Benefits MOU
    • Health, Safety, and Environment
    • Experience
    • Creditworthiness
    • Price
    • Quality Assurance
    • Technical suitability
    • Service
    • Procurement Opportunities
    • Accommodations complex
    • Administrative buildings
    • Catering
    • Main site access road
    • Main site access road clearing
    • Medical and security services
    • Bulk excavation
    • Reservoir clearing
    • Turbines and generators
    • Construction power
    • HVac transmission line Muskrat Falls to Churchill Falls
    • HVac tower steel
    • HVac insulators
    • Transmission line hardware
    • Optical group wire conductors
    • Converter stations
    • Intake, powerhouse construction
    • Spillway structure construction
    • Mechanical and electrical auxiliaries
    • Spillway, intake and powerhouse gates
    • Powerhouse crane
    • Transformers
    • Switchyards
    • HVdc transmission line construction
    • HVdc conductor
    • HVdc Hardware and accessories

    For further details, your Nalcor Energy contact is Philip Bursey (Strait of Belle Isle Marine Crossing), philipbursey@nalcorenergy.com.

    SNC-Lavalin-Inc contacts (Muskrat Falls and Land Transmission) Fabien Cuisinier-Raynal, fabien.cuisinierraynal@snclavalin.com Line Tremblay, line.tremblay@snclavalin.com Ken O’Keefe, ken.okeefe@snclavalin.com Michel Landreville, michel.landreville@snclavalin.com Chris Woodmass, chris.woodmass@snclavalin.com

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