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Development & Planning

Asset planning and development involves expanding initial ideas into conceptual and preliminary designs that are sufficiently robust to support environmental permitting, stakeholder engagement, detailed engineering design activities, and, most importantly, decision making. Midgard's expertise, applicable to the full range of generation and transmission assets, include the following:

  • Conceptual design and preliminary layouts
  • Fuel source modeling (e.g., hydrology studies, solar irradiance, etc.)
  • Rights acquisition and permitting guidance (e.g., Rights of Way, easements, water rights, etc.)
  • Project cost estimates and sensitivities
  • Financial analysis and business case development
  • Stakeholder engagement and deal structuring
  • Price forecasting, revenue projections, and commodity market assessments (e.g.: Natural Gas and Electricity Futures)
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
Saskatchewan Province-Wide Hydro InventorySaskPower
Capital PlanningMedicine Hat
Next Generation Hydro Options EvaluationYukon Dev. Corp.
Grease Rapids Hydroelectric ProjectAlgonquin Power
Similkameen Hydroelectric ProjectFortisBC
Springer Creek Hydroelectric ProjectCity of Slocan
Shames Mountain Hydroelectric Business CasesFriends of Shames
Moon Lake Pumped hydro EvaluationYukon Elec. Corp.

Acquisitions & Financing

Midgard’s expertise cover several strategic consulting services relating to asset acquisition, indepenent engineering roles, and project financing support. Midgard's services include:

  • Aquisition Project Due Diligence: Independent engineering condition assessments, commercial contract reviews, technical project reviews, permitting reviews, energy/revenue validation, and risk analyses
  • Lender's Engineer Role: Independent energy and revenue production estimates, technical reviews, permitting reviews, key agreement reviews, construction monitoring, draw requests, contingency tracking, certification of construction completion, and loan conversion support
  • Policy Advice: Policy decisions regarding procurement, contracting, bidding, and acquisition strategies
  • Negotiation Support: Negotiating with utilities and independent power producers
  • Deal Structuring: Deal structuring to meet the needs of stakeholders (e.g.: non-conventional energy or construction deals to satisfy regulatory oversight restrictions)
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
Various Hydroelectric Acquisition Due DiligencesConfidential
Various Hydroelectric Lender's Engineer RolesConfidential
Aboriginal Loan Guarantee Program AdvisorOFA
Power Purchase Agreement Negotiation SupportFortisBC

Regulatory

Midgard has developed regulatory filings for submission to Canadian utilities commissions and provide expert witness testimony supporting regulatory processes. Midgard also provides support to regulatory agencies in evaluating transmission projects and system plans. Our regulatory consulting services include:

  • Resource assessment and options
  • Expert witness and analysis, including market pricing, resource generation options and alternatives, budget and cost reviews, transmission line electrical effects, and transmission project audits
  • Writing and support of regulatory filings
  • Responses to information requests
  • System planning reviews
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
Tusket Dam Refurbishment Filing Expert ReviewNSUARB
FortisBC 2012 Long Term Resource PlanFortisBC
Environmental Assessment ReviewConfidential
FortisBC 2010 Resource Options ReportFortisBC
Waneta Expansion Section 71 FilingFortisBC
Electrical Effects Expert WitnessATCO Electric
Distribution System Plan ReviewsOEB
240 kV Transmission Project AuditAUC

Project Management

Project management services include scoping, scheduling, and budgeting projects from conceptual design commissioning and transition to operations & maintenance. Midgard has particular expertise include project initiation, permitting, project designs (civil, mechanical, and electrical), development planning, inspections, maintenance, and safety evaluations. Project management services provided include:

  • Managing consultants and contractors, including engineering firms, environmental consultants, and construction contractors
  • Managing project development from early stage concepts and environmental permitting through to project commissioning and operations
  • Construction management, including preparing tender packages with engineering specifications for EPC or EPC-M processes, evaluation of construction proposals, and contract negotiations
  • Risk management, decision support, and cost reduction strategies
  • Project status reporting and updates related to scope, schedule, cost, and risk
  • Owner's representative on construction projects
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
Facilitating Interconnection of Generation ProjectsBC Hydro
Project Management SupportEcofish Research
Project AuditsAUC
Engineering and PM Standard of CareMWH Americas

Transmission & Distribution

Midgard has broad transmission and distribution experience ranging from technical design to project oversight and management. Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Design and rehabilitation: Transmission and distribution line design with PLS-CADD software, construction packages, field inspections (design phase and as-built phase), and electromagnetic fields and electric effects modeling with BPA CAFE software
  • Interconnections: Interconnections between utility T&D systems, industrial loads, and generators
  • Development Support: Design, build, or upgrade scoping for transmission, oversight of construction firms building transmission infrastructure, establishing practical right-of-way alternatives, and overseeing the environmental and land rights acquisition consultants
  • Regulatory: Transmission project audits and expert witness services
  • System planning: Technical transmission and distribution system planning with PSS/E software and higher level system plans (e.g., 20 year plans)
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
Hay River to Fort Providence Tx Line DesignNT Energy
Next Generation Hydro Interconnection OptionsYukon Dev Corp
Northwest Territories 20 Year System PlanNT Energy
Box Spring Wind Farm InterconnectionWind River
Hanna Region Tx Dev. - EMF AnalysisATCO Electric
Abee/Weasel Creek Tx - EMF AnalysisATCO Electric
Bonnyville to Bourque Tx - EMF AnalysisATCO Electric
St. Paul Transmission Project - EMF AnalysisATCO Electric
Northwest Transmission Line - RoW NegotiationsNisga'a Nation
Distribution Interconnection RequirementsBC Hydro
Fibre Optic Cable Installation - Design & PMNisga'a Nation

Aboriginal/Stakeholder Engagement

Midgard and its principals have broad experience engaging Aboriginal Communities in respect of various types of infrastructure projects, including hydroelectric generation development, transmission development, and other energy infrastructure projects. Midgard has successfully facilitated building comprehensive and meaningful commercial relationships between Aboriginal Communities and private commercial interests, including assisting the negotiation of Impact Benefit Agreements, Participation Agreements, Monitoring Agreements, and Commercial Partnerships.

RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
Strategic Support of IBA NegotiationsNisga'a Nation
First Nations Consultation Support for New ProjectsBC Hydro

Hydroelectric O&M

Midgard offers hydroelectric operations maintenance expertise that include:

  • Commissioning, operating, and maintaining hydroelectric facilities
  • Routine and major maintenance planning
  • Capital project planning
  • Upgrade life extension program planning, scoping, and execution
  • Inspection of hydroelectric sites and development of dam safety programs
  • Public safety programs
  • Customized trades training programs for facility operations
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
McNair Creek Hydro Facility Operations (10 MW)AltaGas