Peace River Hydro Partners has won the $1.5-billion contract for the main civil works at the Site C Dam.
The province says it’s the largest single contract awarded for the massive hydroelectric project.
It includes construction of an earthfill dam, two diversion tunnels and a concrete foundation for the generating station and spillways.
Premier Christy Clark says about 1,500 people will be working on main civil works at the peak of construction — and First Nations and northeastern BC residents will get first crack at the jobs
But not everybody is celebrating.
Ana Simeon is a Peace Valley campaigner, and she says with five court cases pending, and an UNESCO inquiry, it’s too early to be handing out massive contracts.
She’s hopeful the project will be stopped before there’s long-term damage to the environment.