Hatch wins national Award of Excellence for Lower Mattagami River project
Toronto, ON—Hatch was recognized last night at the Canadian Consulting Engineering (CCE) Awards gala with a national Award of Excellence for the Lower Mattagami River Project—the largest hydropower project in Ontario for more than 40 years. The CCE Awards represent the highest honors for achievements in consulting engineering in Canada.
The Lower Mattagami River project, sponsored by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and located roughly 500 km north of Sudbury, has unleashed more than 500 MW of additional hydroelectric potential through the upgrading of three generating stations on the Mattagami River and the complete replacement of a fourth. Hatch acted as owner’s engineer for the front-end study and design phases of the project and as owner’s representative during implementation.
“Lower Mattagami has been an extremely complex project, yet very rewarding both personally and for our client,” comments Fadi Chidiac, Hatch’s project manager. “I am humbled by this recognition from the CCE, and want to extend a congratulations to all team members who worked to bring this project to successful completion.”
Representing OPG, Hatch provided oversight services for all contractors and on-site workers, which peaked at roughly 1,200 people. Seventy percent of workers were from local communities, including 25% from First Nation partners, Moose Cree Nation and the Taykwa Tagamou Nation. On a broader level, the project enabled several First Nations companies to share approximately $250 million in contracts.
Chidiac adds, “We are proud of the success at Lower Mattagami, both as an engineering accomplishment and for the impact that it had on the local community.”
In order to balance flow capacity and water levels across the river, one-unit extensions of 68 MW, 100 MW, and 84 MW were added to the Little Long, Harmon, and Kipling generating stations. The fourth generating station, Smoky Falls, was built in 1931 and required a complete overhaul, including a new station to add three 90 MW units.This $2.6-billion project was delivered on budget and ahead of schedule, and is now producing clean energy for Ontarians across the region—providing more than 450,000 homes with green power.
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