Wheels start to turn for Site C mega-project

Vaughn Palmer

Though BC Hydro has yet to receive environmental or government approval for the proposed hydroelectric dam at Site C on the Peace River, the utility has begun the selection process for one of the biggest contracts on the estimated $8-billion project. Hydro issued a request for qualifications late last week for would-be builders of the giant earth-fill dam and associated engineering works, the first stage of a selection process that is slated to wrap up the summer of next year. The itemized to-do list, posted on the B.C. Bid website, points to a massive undertaking.