BC Hydro adds 150 rooms to Site C work camp

The work camp at Site C is expanding.

The camp is expanding by 150 rooms this month, 90 of which were completed over the weekend, according to BC Hydro. The remaining 60 rooms will be completed later this month, and both will be on the camp’s existing footprint, the company said. 

“With the contractor workforce expanding as work progresses on the project, we made the decision to expand the camp earlier this year,” spokesman David Conway said, adding the camp has reached maximum capacity at peak times during some weeks.

There were 3,775 employed on the project in April, the latest employment figures available for the project. Of those, just over 3,000 were employed as construction and non-construction contractors, roughly 600 of them local to the Peace River Regional District.

The camp was originally sized to house 1,600 workers, but designed for 2,100 if an expansion was required, as permitted through its environmental assessment certificate,Conway said.

BC Hydro is seeking an amendment its certificate to be able to expand to 2,200 rooms, Conway said.

The camp is operated by ATCO Two Rivers Lodging. The company does have room blocks booked at local hotels, Conway said.

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