SNC Lavalin in deal to expand capacity at Canadian hydropower facility

27 May 2021

SNC-Lavalin is to support additional hydropower capacity for facility in Atlin, British Columbia, Canada, following the award of a design and engineering contract by Tlingit Homeland Energy, which is owned by the Taku River Tlingit First Nation band government in Northern BC.

SNC-Lavalin will provide conceptual and advanced design, as well as support the selection of a contractor through the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process. The proposed work will involve expansion of the generating facility to enhance its capacity from 2. MW to 10MW by using the available power potential of Pine Creek, located in the Atlin region.

"The path to decarbonization for remote communities in Canada must include a transition toward renewable energy and BC, with its rich hydro reserves, is well suited for clean energy production," said Dale Clarke, President, Infrastructure Services. “This project will produce hydropower in BC and feed into the Yukon grid, transcending provincial boundaries and exemplifying a collaborative approach to decarbonize Canada by 2050."

"We continue to own and operate the first project we built 11 years ago, which supplies all the electricity required by the community of Atlin, BC, and avoids about 4400t CO2 per year of diesel emissions," added Peter Kirby, President & CEO, Taku Group of Companies. "Once operational, the electricity produced by this second project will be exported to the Yukon, and it will increase dependable renewable hydroelectricity in Yukon by nearly 10% and displace thermal generation in the process."

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