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Black & McDonald's depth of experience has made us the partner of choice throughout the power generation industry. With over 90 years of lessons learned, we are able to consistently apply our knowledge to the benefit of our customers, meeting their most demanding challenges in their most critical environments, with safety always foremost in mind. By also specializing in power generation using greener energy sources such as Wind, Hydro, Solar and Cogeneration, we are proud to be building a sustainable future for us all.


Power Generation

Location:

  • Rainy River, ON

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • General Contractor
  • Utility
  • Engineering/Design

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Electrical Welders (IBEW)
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • General Labourers

Rainy River First Nations Solar Parks (Morley, Dave Rampel, Vanzwolf)

The Rainy River First Nations developed a 25 MW Solar Portfolio in Northwestern Ontario.  The solar parks include Dave Rampel (10 MW), Morley (10 MW) and Vanzwolf (5 MW). Together these solar parks utilize a foot print of 225 acres. A total of 121,000 solar Photovoltaic (PV) Modules were installed creating 25 MW of solar energy.
Together with our Joint Venture partner AMEC Foster Wheeler, Black & McDonald was contracted to supply engineering and design, permitting, procurement (excluding the solar PV modules), construction, and installation for all three solar parks.

Black & McDonald worked closely with the Rainy River First Nations on this project. At the height of the project, there was over 15% First Nation’s involvement including local subcontracts and tradespeople.

 

Power Generation

Location:

  • Port Hardy, BC

Type of Services:

  • General Contractor
  • Utility
  • Engineering/Design

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • General Labourers
  • Linemen

Cape Scott Wind Farm

The 99 MW Cape Scott Wind Farm is the first wind farm constructed on Vancouver Island in British Columbia.

Black & McDonald, in a Joint Venture with AMEC Foster Wheeler, was awarded the contract by GDF (International Power) to build fifty-five 1.8 MW wind turbines in Port Hardy, British Columbia.

The Joint Venture provided engineering, procurement, and construction of the Cape Scott Wind Power Project. The team was responsible for the design and construction of foundations, electrical collector system, switchyard, turbine erection, and commissioning.

The scope of work included 38 km of new roads, 55 foundation sites, an overhead collector system, a 34.5 kV to 138 kV substation, a 36 km 138 kV transmission line as well as 8,000 square feet of Operations and Maintenance facilities.

Power Generation

Location:

  • Province wide in Nova Scotia

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Electricians
  • Ironworkers
  • Millwrights

Enercon Inc. - Wind Turbine Installations

ENERCON is recognized as one of the leading wind turbine manufacturers at the international level.

The wind power projects are powered at each site by one Enercon E-92 turbine with a 98 meter hub height and rated with a nameplate capacity of 2.3 MW.

The key components assembled and installed by Black & McDonald at each site included the wind turbine generator, a pad-mounted or nacelle situated transformer, and a 25 kV electrical collector system with approximately 50 m of underground cable. All equipment and materials were supplied by Enercon Service Nova Scotia.

Power Generation

Location:

  • Goderich, ON

Type of Services:

  • General Contractor
  • Utility

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Electrical Welders (IBEW)
  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • General Labourers
  • Ironworkers
  • Linemen

K2 Wind Farm

The K2 Wind Farm is being constructed in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, which is located in Ontario along the shores of Lake Huron. The project includes the installation of 140 Siemens wind turbines, one of the largest Wind Energy projects in Ontario. Once complete, the K2 Wind Farm will generate enough electricity to meet the average annual power needs for approximately 100,000 Ontario homes.

Together with our Joint Venture Partner AMEC Foster Wheeler, Black & McDonald was awarded the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction contract for the K2 Wind Farm Project. The services provided by the team included installation of a 230 kV substation and 500 kV substation, turbine foundations and turbine erection, construction of access roads for each turbine site, the Operations and Maintenance building, the 179 km overhead and underground collector system installation, the 5 km underground transmission line installation, as well as the complete testing and commissioning of stations and turbines.

Power Generation

Location:

  • Dartmouth, NS

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Electricians
  • Ironworkers
  • Pipefitters
  • Welders
  • Millwrights

Nova Scotia Power Inc. - Tufts Cove Generating Station, NaOCl COOLING WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM

Nova Scotia Power Inc. provides 95% of the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity in Nova Scotia.

Black & McDonald was contracted to provide a complete electrical and mechanical installation of a new owner-supplied auxiliary Gland Steam Boiler and Superheater system. The work scope also included the supply, fabrication, and installation of the high pressure steam piping with all required auxiliaries, pipe support installation, installation of electrical cable tray and grounding, and installation of electrical instrumentation and lighting.

Power Generation

Location:

  • Kapuskasing, ON

Type of Services:

  • Mechanical

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Sheet Metal Workers

Ontario Power Generation – Lower Mattagami Redevelopment Project

Black & McDonald was awarded a contract by Ontario Power Generation to perform all the HVAC scope of work on four major existing generating stations along the Lower Mattagami River. This work was part of a major redevelopment program involving the addition of electrical production capacity at three stations and performing a major re-build to another one.

These four stations were Harmon Generating Station, Kipling Generating Station, Little Long Generating Station, and Smoky Falls Generating Station.

Black & McDonald’s scope of work included sheet metal duct work, duct sealant, louvers, exhaust fans, fire dampers, access doors, inspections, testing, and commissioning.

Power Generation

Location:

  • Municipality of Clarington, ON

Type of Services:

  • Custom Fabrication
  • Electrical
  • Engineering/Design
  • General Contractor
  • Mechanical

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • Electricians
  • Engineers
  • General Labourers
  • Millwrights
  • Pipefitters

Ontario Power Generation - Darlington Nuclear Generating Station Projects

Black & McDonald has completed several projects for Ontario Power Generation at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.

Tritium Removal Facility Air Cleanup System
This facility was opened at the Darlington site to reduce occupational exposure to tritium and reduce environmental emissions.

Black & McDonald's scope of work for this modification was to replace the existing Air Cleanup System (ACS) valves with new valves, install a vent line to the stack to meet leak tightness requirements, install a new pressure gauge, and fabricate support frames as well as piping assemblies and supports. Additional scope items included the replacement of fan motors on the ACS fans and replacement of local temperature indication displays complete with 120 V supply and receptacles. Functional and operational testing for new equipment was performed along with completion of OPG’s specific requirement for a 48-hour continuous test run during commissioning of the new fan motors. Hoisting and scaffolding were provided as required.

Shield Tank Overpressure Protection (STOP)
The purpose of this project was to implement approved engineering changes to satisfy a Safety Improvement Opportunity in the STOP system. This scope of work included engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning support, turnover and closeout activities for the installation of new relief devices on the end shield / shield tank cooling system to provide overpressure protection to the shield tank in beyond design based event scenarios. This modification was implemented on all four Darlington Units during planned outages.

Power Generation

Location:

  • Pickering, ON

Type of Services:

  • Electrical
  • Mechanical

Trades/Technicians/
Professionals:

  • General Labourers
  • Electricians
  • Pipefitters

Ontario Power Generation – Pickering Nuclear Generating Station Airlock System

Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG’s) Pickering Nuclear Generating Station is one of the world’s largest nuclear generating facilities consisting of the Pickering A and Pickering B Nuclear Generating Stations.

The Alternate Air Supply System (AAS) is a permanent modification replacing the existing temporary air supply arrangement with an engineered solution that satisfies environmental qualifications, pressure boundary and seismic requirements. The AAS will ensure the airlock door seals remain inflated while the existing air supply is required to be shut down.

Our scope of work was to install an AAS on eight Pickering B airlocks to support planned maintenance. The installation included new copper tubing, fittings, supports for eight airlocks, new isolation valves, to bleed and check valves and pressure gauges, and to tie-in to the existing Air Supply Station and airlocks. The tubing run was from Elevation 254’ to Elevation 317’. Seismically qualified scaffolding was required for tube runs over the Airlock shell.  Brazing and welding were required. This work was performed under OPG’s Quality Assurance Program.

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Black & McDonald's depth of experience has made us the partner of choice across a wide range of industries. To get there took time and effort. Our management team invested in the development of our people, determined to make our highly-experienced tradespeople renowned as the best in their industries.
With over 90 years of documented lessons learned, we are able to consistently apply that knowledge - meeting our customers’ most demanding challenges, in their most critical environments.
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