Nalcor Energy is moving ahead with plans to build a new housing complex in Churchill Falls, providing a home for more contract workers for the generating station in the coming years.
Tender documents outline, in detail, the plans for constructing the housing for up to 32 people. It will augment existing accommodations used by the Crown corporation for internal maintenance staff and external contractors - housing for about 80 people.
"The Churchill Falls Generating Station is 40 years old and is undergoing extensive capital work for the maintenance and refurbishment of the plant," stated a spokeswoman for Nalcor Energy when asked about the construction. "To accommodate additional contractors required to carry out this maintenance work, Nalcor is seeking tenders for a new complex to provide additional accommodations within Churchill Falls."
The size of the housing complex is "based on the anticipated need that Nalcor expects in the next two to three years to accommodate external workers," she said.
The building will include private bedrooms with a shared kitchen, dining room and other common areas. "The construction of a new, modern facility will provide a level of safety and comfort, in line with current accommodation standards."
The deadline for proposals in response to the outstanding tender is Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. A total expected cost for the project will come as the tender is awarded.
The contractor awarded the work will be required to submit a construction schedule within seven days for approval by Nalcor, providing an expected completion date for the project. Whatever the contractor's plans, Nalcor has stated construction will have to be competed by Aug. 1, 2012.
An estimated 650 people reside in Churchill Falls.