Burns & McDonnell Wins 5-Year EPC Transmission Project with AltaLink

Burns & McDonnell Canada is bringing its extensive transmission project experience to Alberta, Canada, through a unique five-year engineer-procure-construct (EPC) contract including program management services with AltaLink LP.

The firm will provide services for a range of high-voltage transmission line and substation projects throughout the province. The initial contract with a $500 million potential includes an optional five-year extension when the contract expires in 2017, creating the potential for work to continue until 2022.

"Economic growth in Alberta is so robust the transmission industry outstripped its local resources," says John Olander, vice president in the Transmission & Distribution Group at Burns & McDonnell. "A lot of what we'll be doing is supporting growth initiated by oil and gas companies."

Work has begun on the first project — a three-year, $300 million transmission line and substation project near Christina Lake — but not all projects have been identified. They will be based on need assessments and permitting approvals, and many will address the power demands from oil sands and a boom in population growth and development. Others will assist in integrating new generation from wind resource areas into the provincial grid.

Burns & McDonnell Canada has added Calgary-based engineers and project managers to handle the program management aspect of the contract. Support for the EPC side of the agreement will primarily come from the Kansas City, Mo., and New England Burns & McDonnell offices, which will be hiring staff over the next year in support of the projects.

For more information, contact John Olander, 816-822-3883.

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