Wuskwatim Generation Project
The Wuskwatim Project is a 200-megawatt run-of-river hydroelectric generating station being developed on the Burntwood River at Taskinigup Falls, located in the Nelson House Resource Management Area about 45 kilometers southwest of Thompson. The project is the result of nearly a decade of planning and studies, negotiations between Manitoba Hydro and Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and an intensive environmental assessment which incorporated NCN traditional knowledge to minimize project impacts. The dam will cause less than one-half of one square kilometer of flooding. This is the least amount of flooding of any hydro project in the province.1
Constantly searching for new horizons, H.J. O’Connell Limited coordinated the creation of O-N-E General Partnership, an alliance of HJOC and industry players EBC Inc. and Neilson Inc. Contributing quality control expertise, construction know-how and management experience, O-N-E G.P. bid on the Wuskwatim Project and, in November 2008, was awarded the $241 million General Civil Works Contract.
A year and a half into the project, the results of O-N-E G.P.’s efforts are easy to perceive: with 25 subcontracts awarded and a large and diverse workforce, we have poured 73,000 m3 of concrete using over 33,000 m2 of formwork and 5,000,000 kg of reinforcing steel, supporting over 1,000,000 kg of superstructure steel. The Spillway, Non-Overflow Dam and Service Bay and North Dyke structures are all complete or near completion. The Tailrace and Intake structures are both in an advanced state of construction as O-N-E has recently handed over the last of the Powerhouse units to Manitoba Hydro for the Turbine & Generator Contractor. Work has also begun for earthworks, as O-N-E has begun blasting rock upstream and downstream of the mains structures for the water channels.
Despite a challenging climate and difficult conditions, the project is currently ahead of the current schedule for both the placement of concrete and the hand-off of the Powerhouse units for the installation of the concrete liner.
In cooperation with Manitoba Hydro, we have also instituted several training initiatives for young aboriginal workers, placing them under the supervision of experienced carpenters and workers to help them gain valuable trade skills and contribute to the general success of the Wuskwatim Generating Station.
H.J. O'Connell Limited and its partners look forward to continued success on this project. It is the intention of O-N-E G.P. to provide world class construction services to the Wuskwatim Generation Station in concert with the utmost respect for the environment and the achievement of meaningful training and long term benefits to the people of the area.