Beeton Hydroelectric Development
In January 2002, H.J. O'Connell Limited and SNC-Lavalin formed a Joint Venture in order to submit a proposal to the Exploits River Hydro Partnership (ERHP), Fortis Inc and Abitibi Consolidated partnership. In April 2002, ERHP announced that SNC-Lavlin - H.J. O'Connell, Joint Venture had been awarded the design-build contract for the Grand Falls Beeton Project. Valued at $ 21 million, this project was a turnkey contract requiring the complete design, construction, and commissioning of a 30 MW hydroelectric generating station (water to wire) on the Exploits River in Grand Falls, NL. The installation utilizes a vertical Francis turbine to provide power for Abitibi's Grand Falls and Stephenville paper mills. Site work on this project began in May 2002 and was completed in September 2003, two months ahead of schedule and on budget. Over 10,000 m3 of concrete was poured, 760 tonnes of reinforcing steel placed, and 22000 m3 of controlled blasting was carried out. As the prime contractor, O'Connell personnel were responsible for all aspects of the project including excavation (some of the excavation was done in a highly sensitive world class salmon river under very restrictive environmental conditions), primary and secondary concrete, supply and installation of the draft tube, draft tube gates, stay ring, cone, spiral case, power house structure, overhead crane and the co-ordination of 20 subcontractors engaged in associated electrical, mechanical work, penstock supply and installation and turbine-generator supply and installation. Officials of Fortis Inc. and Abitibi Consolidated were high in their praise of the project team and extremely pleased by the early completion of this project which allowed them to begin commercial power generation two months ahead of schedule.