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Industry Forecast – Canadian Construction Projects We’re Looking Forward to in 2017

Most of us are familiar with many of the major construction projects taking place here in Alberta, but the rest of Canada has some interesting developments that should be completed over the course of this year.

Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine, Northwest Territories

Located at Kennedy Lake, 280 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, this venture is owned by DeBeers Canada and Mountain Provincial Diamonds. The plan includes extracting and processing more than 31 tonnes of ore and 49 million carats of diamonds over a 10-year operating period. Construction began in 2013 and is expected to be completed this year. The capital cost is estimated at $600 million.

Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse Upgrade

This project is located in Ruskin, B.C. and has four major components. The upgrades include:

  • The right bank of the dam being reinforced with a cutoff wall to control water seepage

  • Seven concrete piers and spillway gates being removed and replaced with new ones. The one lane road on top of the dam will be replaced with a two-lane road

  • The powerhouse facility will be seismically upgraded and equipment such as powerhouse turbines, generators and auxiliary equipment will be replaced

  • The switchyard will be relocated and rebuilt on the left bank.

The project is owned by BC Hydro and is expected to cost $748 million. The contractors completing the work are Dragados Canada and Flatiron Construction Corp.

Sunrise Natural Gas Processing Plant

This project involves a new gas plant being built in the Dawson Creek region of B.C. The new plant is expected to process 400 million cubic feet of gas per day. The owner of the project is Veresan Midstream Limited Partnership and the cost of the project is expected to be $860 million. The project manager is Encana and the contractor is Ledcor.

Spadina Subway Extension

Located in Toronto, Ontario, this project involves adding on to the existing TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) subway system between Toronto and the municipality of York. It’s the largest subway expansion project in 40 years and the 8.6 kilometer extension will include six new stations. The project was started in 2011 and was funded through a combination of money from the Building Canada Fund, the Public Transit Capital Trust, Ontario Trust as well as municipal funds. The cost is anticipated to be approximately $2.7 billion.

Maritime Link Project

This project is located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and is owned by ENL Maritime Link. It involves the design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of a new 500-MW transmission system between Granite Canal, Newfoundland and Labrador and Woodbine, Nova Scotia. It will include two 170 kilometre subsea cables across the Cabot Strait, close to 50 kilometres of overland transmission in Nova Scotia and nearly 300 kilometres of overland transmission on the island of Newfoundland. The cost of the project is expected to be around $1.6 billion.

Bipole III Transmission Line

In Manitoba, more than 70% of its’ hydro runs over side by side transmission lines in the Interlake Region. The Bipole III line is designed to be an alternate path for electricity as the close proximity of the existing lines make the electricity vulnerable to outages and bad weather. Construction began in 2013 and will cover about 1,384 kilometres. Construction will include clearing and installation of foundations and the design, supply and installation of equipment. The project is owned by Manitoba Hydro and the cost is estimated at $4.9 billion.