Record Year for PRHP Employees
Local 68 members working for Peace River Hydro Partners (PRHP) have seen a record year in terms of work volumes and employment levels at the Site C Clean Energy Project on the Peace River near Fort St. John. This hydroelectric dam project also involves highway work, the construction of transmission towers, bank stabilization, powerhouse and tunnel construction, and more. The dam will provide 1,100 megawatts of energy per year—enough to power 450,000 homes—and is projected to be completed in 2024.
Members working as part of the earthworks and roller-compacted concrete (RCC) division have completed an essential phase of the multiyear hydroelectric project, which included tying in the upstream cofferdam and diverted river into the two diversion tunnels. These tunnels were mechanically bored into the left bank existing slope and lined with concrete. Over the next season, the RCC phase will be completed, making way for the next stages of the Site C project.
Members worked throughout last summer, achieving a peak phase of productivity on the project as they worked to meet critical deadlines. The division has been an especially cohesive crew, with a high number of rehires across seasons, and a significant number of women and Indigenous workers. As new phases are initiated, demand for workers in this division is expected to decline or be redistributed to other divisions after the completion of the RCC phase in 2021.