The world’s largest hydroelectric producer, Hydro-Quebec, has contracted R&G St Laurent Inc. to build roads and electrical sub-stations for a new hydroelectric power station in Canada.
As its name suggests Ville de Bai-Comeau is a French speaking city that lies 260 miles (420 km) north-east of Quebec in the Côte-Nord
region of Canada
. Originally the site of a Catholic mission and the region’s first mill, it’s located on the shores of the Saint Lawrence River
and is named after the adjacent bay in honor of famous naturalist, Napoléon-Alexandre Comeau
Quebec-based equipment and civil engineering contractor, R&G St Laurent Inc., is four weeks ahead of schedule in its biggest contract to date, thanks to help from Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE). R&G St Laurent was established in 1969 by Real and Gilbert St Laurent, as an excavation and trucking company.
Today the company is run by Real’s sons –Yann and Patrick St-Laurent – and the business has grown along with its ambition over the intervening 40 years. One of its most significant recent tender successes is the ongoing contract to build four kilometers of access road, small sub-stations, and the transformers and associated towers for a new hydropower complex, owned by hydroelectric giant, Hydro Quebec.
The work will result in moving over 500,000 tonnes of granite and 600,000 m3
of soil. The contract will require R&G to use its entire fleet of 26 Volvo machines – four A40F and eight A35F articulated haulers, one EC700C, two EC460C and two EC330C excavators, three L120C, L120F and L220E wheel loaders, four compactors and two SD105DX soil compactors.
The winter weather is borderline subarctic – the average temperature in December and January slips below -17o
C and an average 3.6 meters of snow falls every year. With this in mind the work is scheduled to be complete before December this year.
“Thanks to our team, favorable weather conditions and the excellent performance of our Volvo equipment, we are almost a month ahead of schedule,” says Patrick St-Laurent. “We found that the machines made it much quicker than we expected. We were loading up 4,000 m3
Over half of Canada’s electricity currently comes from hydropower and any excess power is sold to other countries. With over 40% of Canada’s water resources located in Quebec, it is an ideal location to develop this renewable source of energy.
When Hydro-Quebec finishes at the Bai-Cameau site, it will provide 4,570MW of power to the Canadian grid. That’s not all – Canada plans to invest a further $70 billion into hydro-electricity in the next 10-15 years to generate 88,500MW of power.