Main civil works have started at BC Hydro’s Site C Clean Energy Project, marking a major milestone for the 1100MW project.

Works include the construction of an earthfill dam, two diversion tunnels and a concrete foundation for the generating station and spillways.

The $1.75 billion main civil works contract was awarded to Peace River Hydro Partners in December 2015. Its partners include ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada Inc., Petrowest Corporation and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd.

"The construction of Site C is progressing according to plan," said Jessica McDonald, President and CEO of BC Hydro. "Site preparation activities have been underway since last summer to have the site ready for the start of main civil works, and this has been accomplished."

The $8.8 billion Site C project will create 10,000 person-years of employment during construction, and add $3.2 billion to the province’s GDP. Construction has been underway since last July, and will be completed in 2024.