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Province announces $470-million for Site C turbines and generators

Premier Christy Clark has announced a $470-million deal for turbines and generators for the Site C dam, despite ongoing protests and court challenges against the controversial megaproject.

Clark was joined by Energy Minister Bill Bennett, BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald and industry and labour leaders to announce the contract today.

She says Montreal-based Voith Hydro Inc. will design, supply and install six turbines, six generators and associated equipment.

The province says the contract is expected to create about 400 person-years of employment, a term referring to the amount of work done by an individual during a working year.

McDonald says turbines and generators are critical to the success of a hydroelectric project and Voith Hydro has provided equipment for a number of BC Hydro projects in the past.

The announcement is the latest sign the province is forging ahead with construction of the $8.8-billion dam on the Peace River, despite protests outside BC Hydro’s Vancouver headquarters and court challenges filed by First Nations and landowners.

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