Project Construction and Design

Through a competitive Design Build Feed Phase RFP in January 2014, Kiewit was selected as the successful contractor. The implementation of this contracting strategy used a two-phase approach. Phase 1, the Front-End Engineering & Design (FEED) Phase, which lasted approximately 10 months. During this period the Design Build Contractor completed the initial engineering and design, further refined the project costs, and completed the construction schedule. The Taykwa Tagamou Nation and the project development team established a TTN contracting and employment strategy early on to maximize the opportunities for community members to participate in the construction of the Project. The project team focused on the completion of a TTN Engagement Plan during the FEED Phase. Phase 2 is the Execution Phase or the Construction Phase. It is anticipated to last 24 to 30 months.

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General layout of the proposed project site.

Included in the Design Build FEED Phase RFP was a guideline document outlining some of the contracting/employment expectations for TTN members and businesses. The RFP submissions included a requirement for the contractors to submit a draft TTN Engagement Plan. During the FEED Phase the DB Contractor completed the TTN Engagement Plan and worked with TTN members and businesses. CRP/OPG will monitor the implementation of the plan throughout the Construction Phase.

The New Post Creek Project will include a number of major construction activities including:

  • site clearing and preparation
  • construction of a temporary work camp
  • intake and spillway construction
  • penstock installation
  • powerhouse and tailrace construction, and
  • transmission line.

The construction and project design will utilize existing roads and infrastructure where possible to minimize the impact on the environment. The project will use the existing Otter Rapids Road and a previously existing forestry road to get close to the intake site.

The entire construction phase of the project started in late 2014.

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