The Spanish construction group ACS has been awarded a contract for works worth 100 million dollars which is one of the largest hydroelectric projects in the history of Canada, according to the company.
Group that Florentino presides over continues to reinforce its internationalization and its business in North America, its current first market, while in Spain it is immersed in the joint taking of Abertis with the Italian Atlantia.
Under the project now achieved, ACS has taken over part of the work on the new hydroelectric complex that is being built in the Canadian province of British Columbia, in the eastern part of the country.
This is the so-called ‘Site C Clean Energy Project’, a work of 6.7 billion euros carried out by British Columbia Hydro. Within the framework of this project, ACS will be responsible for the construction of the spillways and the generation station.
The company has taken over the hydraulic work through a consortium that controls 55% through its subsidiaries Dragados and Flatiron, and that complete the local firm Aecon and EBC. As a whole, the project consists of building a hydroelectric plant that will have six turbogenerator groups, each with 183 megawatts of installed power.
In addition, it includes the construction of two spillways, one main and the other auxiliary, which include three radial gates and six sliding-bottom half-gates. The execution of the entire complex will require 700,000 cubic meters of reinforced concrete.
Once the project is ready, by the end of 2023, it will have the capacity to generate 1,100 megawatts of energy, with an estimated annual production of 5,100 gigawatts per hour per year.
With the achievement of this project, Dragados strengthens its business in the Canadian waterworks market where, at present, it is finalizing the rehabilitation works of the Ruskin Dam, also in British Columbia.
In addition, the group adds a new project to its portfolio of construction works in North America, a strategic market for the company, which at the end of 2017 had pending works worth 23,896 million euros.
To this portfolio it is necessary to add the two ‘macro contracts’ already achieved in 2018, the construction of separate systems of automatic rail transport, without a driver, one at the Los Angeles airport for 1,570 million euros, and another for the metropolitan traffic of Montreal, for another 3,300 million.
North America is already the first ACS market, followed by Australia. Last year, this area reported revenues of 14,669 million euros to the group, 46% of the total.