Iberdrola Ingenieria win contracts to build 2 Canadian plants

By Iberdrola Ingenieria | October 31, 2013

Iberdrola Ingenieria was awarded in Canada contracts valued at €240 million ($326.16 million) for the construction of Fort St. James and Merritt biomass power plants, with a combined capacity of 80 megawatts (MW).

The company was the successful bidder in an international tender to commission two biomass facilities in British Columbia. The tender was called by Canadian investment fund Fengate Capital.  

Iberdrola’s subsidiary has signed one contract to develop and build the Fort St. James biomass power plant, on which work is expected to begin in November of this year.

The company also acquired the right to build a second 40-MW facility named "Merritt,” with work scheduled to begin in February 2014. 

The two turn-key contracts are the most relevant to have been signed by Iberdrola Ingenieria in the biomass sector to date.

Iberdrola Ingenieria will be in charge of all stages of construction and commissioning, as well as building two transformer substations and the power lines connecting the plants to the grid.

The plants will be equipped with "grate" design steam generators, one of the most reliable state-of-the-art technologies available on the market, and will be fuelled by sawdust and waste from local saw mills, forestry plantations and clean-up operations.

When commissioned, the biomass plants will be among the most powerful in the Canadian market, supplying electricity to 160,000 homes and helping to prevent the emission to the atmosphere of 570,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. 

Both facilities will be a major socio-economic boost to the local economy, as calculations indicate that during construction works an average of 500 jobs will be created, with further 22 new direct jobs for the plant’s operation and maintenance.

These two contracts have enabled Iberdrola Ingenieriato break into the Canadian market and consolidate its position as one of the most international firms in the energy engineering sector, with operations in all the main world markets.

Its key activity is the completion of turnkey projects for other companies in the Iberdrola Group and for third parties, in the areas of generation, nuclear energy, networks and renewable energies.