PNP to supply replacement booms for OPG in Canada

24 April 2020

Pacific Netting Products (PNP) is to supply booms for four hydropower projects owned by Canadian utility Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in what is the largest single order (in terms of boom length) for the supply of its MultiFunction Boom™.

The company will manufacture and supply 6100ft (1860m) of its patented booms to be installed in the head ponds and 140ft of tailrace safety booms for installation at the Caribou Falls, Whitedog Falls, Manitou Falls and Silver Falls Generating Stations across the northwest region in the province of Ontario. 

The booms, which will replace existing (failed) plastic or steel booms and buoys, are designed to reduce surface debris flow into the intakes of the four hydropower stations and to delineate dangerous water both upstream and downstream of the facilities for the general public.

The order, valued at US$ 2.1 million, is a record for PNP in terms of both the total length of boom to be ordered and the total number of facilities where booms are to be installed under a single contract. 

The order builds on the success of recent contract awards in Canada. Last autumn PNP completed the installation of a replacement debris boom for FortisBC in the forebay of the Waneta Dam, which impounds the Pend Oreille River in south-eastern British Columbia.

"We are delighted to have won this contract, and grateful to OPG for the confidence they have placed in us," said Andy Peters, Director for Business Development at PNP. "This contract award underlines the confidence in quality and longevity of our booms and recognizes the benefits these all-weather booms bring to owner-operators. The order further consolidates our growing market position in Canada, which is based on solid partnerships with experienced local partners and our tailored, high quality technical solutions".

The contract for the removal/disposal of the existing booms/buoys, installation and commissioning of these all-season upstream safety & debris booms, the downstream (tailrace) fast water buoys and tailrace safety booms was awarded on April 3 to Canadian construction group Stuart Olsen, who will act as the main contractor. Hatch Engineering will provide professional engineering services for the design of the equipment. Installation of the booms and buoys is scheduled to be completed in fall 2020.


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