Canadian Consulting Engineer

AMEC moves on nuclear power, wind power and Britannia Mine Mill

July 21, 2005
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

AMEC, one of the largest consulting engineering firms operating in Canada, is positioning itself to play a role in ...

AMEC, one of the largest consulting engineering firms operating in Canada, is positioning itself to play a role in the rehabilitation of Ontario’s nuclear power plants. In June it announced it was acquiring the U.K.’s largest private sector nuclear services businesses: NNC Holdings Limited. The acquisition is to cost Cdn. $45.9 million. Lasse Petterson, president and chief operating officer of Amec Americas, said in a press release: “The acquisition of NNC would augment Amec’s world-class project management expertise in the important and growing markets for nuclear rehabilitation and development in Ontario and right across North America… The Government of Ontario’s decision to re-open nuclear generating plants has reinvigorated the sector in Canada and, with NNC, Amec is well positioned to offer world-class services to the industry.”
Amec along with joint venture partner Black & McDonald has also signed a contract to help construct one of Ontario’s largest wind power farms. They have a contract for the design, procurement and installation of the balance of the work on a 99-MW Erie Shores Wind Farm for Clean Power. The $186-million project is located along the north shore of Lake Erie and involves 66 — 1.5 MW turbines, along with road infrastructure and transmission lines.
Meanwhile, in B.C. Amec Engineering Services has been named project manager for a project to rehabilitate the massive Mill Building that sits on the mountainside at the Britannia Mine Site overlooking Howe Sound.
At one time the building housed the concentrator for the mine and processed up to 6,5000 tonnes of ore per day. Since operations closed 30 years ago, the property has been empty and neglected. Many of its 18,000+ window panes, for example, have been broken.
Several donors have already come forward to help fund the rehabilitation, expected to cost $3.5 million. The mill will be the centrepiece of the Britannia Mine site once the contamination on the site itself has been cleaned up.


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