On Friday May 22, Mayor Rob MacDougall and Councillors from the District of Fort St. James has the opportunity to tour the Fort Green Energy construction site. At the site they were greeted by members of the Construction Team: Jon E. Lidwall (Iberdrola Construction Manager), Sherry Earles (Iberdrola Safety Officer), Antonia Salinas (Iberdrola Safety Manager), Muhammad Yahya (Dalkia Electrial Engineering Manager) and Derrick Statt (DWB Consulting, Environmental Manager). Joining Fort St. James representatives were Mayor Gerry Thiessen from Vanderhoof and Partner Sheilke of Yekooche First Nation.
The visiting party were given the opportunity to learn about how the plant will operate, see current construction in progress, take photos and have various questions about construction answered. As a result of the visit, a community notice board is being set-up on site which will contain information about community events, rental units, and opportunities that may be of interest to construction workers.
At present, there are 168 people working on site, with the potential for this number to increase to 225 – 250. The project is an estimated 60% constructed. At this point the project has a safety indicator rating of 2.1 and has only had 1 lost time incident during the course of construction thus far. From 2015 to present the construction effort has provided over 95,000 man hours of employment.
Operations of the Fort Green Energy Project will commence in 2016, with some positions being posted for staffing in 2015. Operational job postings will be searchable on the Careers page of Veolia’s North American website by searching All Jobs for British Columbia.
The project has signed to deliver energy to BC Hydro for 30 years.
Participants of the tour are identified in the photo below.