Transmission & Distribution Regulatory Early Project Development Project Management Operations & Maintenance Owner's Engineer Aboriginal & Stakeholder Value Engineering Valuation & Strategic arrow

Transmission & Distribution

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

  • Transmission & distribution line design (PLS-CADD)
  • Transmission system planning (PSS/E)
  • Electromagnetic fields and electric effects (BPA CAFE)
  • Planning transmission and distribution systems (e.g.: 20 year plans)
  • Design, build, or upgrade scoping for transmission and substations
  • Interconnections between utility T&D systems, industrial loads, and generators
  • Establishing practical right-of-way alternatives and overseeing the environmental and land rights acquisition consultants
  • Oversight of construction firms building transmission infrastructure
  • Inspection programs for transmission, distribution, and substations
  • Transmission system reliability (including ancillary services)
  • High voltage substation design
  • Apparatus specification and procurement
  • Hazard assessment and planning
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

Regulatory

Midgard has both 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
    • Market prices
    • Resource generation options and alternatives
    • Transmission line: electrical effects
    • Transmission project audits
  • Writing and support of regulatory filings
  • Responses to information requests
  • System planning reviews
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
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

Early Stage Project Development

Early stage project planning and development involves expanding initial ideas into conceptual and preliminary designs that are sufficiently robust to support environmental permitting, stakeholder engagement, and detailed engineering design activities. Midgard's expertise includes:

  • Hydrology studies
  • Hydro-technical evalution
  • Rights Acquisition: Identify and obtain required permits, approvals, and agreements (e.g.: Rights of Way, easements, water rights, consultation with Indigenous communities, etc.)
  • Project cost estimates
  • Conceptual design and preliminary layouts
  • Financial analysis and business case development
  • Stakeholder engagement and deal structuring
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
Grease Rapids Hydroelectric ProjectAlgonquin Power
Similkameen Hydroelectric ProjectFortisBC
Springer Creek Hydroelectric ProjectCity of Slocan
Shames Mountain Hydroelectric Business CasesFriends of Shames

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
  • Risk management, decision support, and cost reduction strategies
  • Project status reporting and updates related to scope, schedule, cost, and risk
  • Indigenous communities and stakeholder consultation and negotiation support
  • 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

Operations & Maintenance

Midgard offers operations & maintenance expertise that includes:

  • 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

Owner's Engineer

Midgard’s previous experience includes:

  • Preparing tender packages with engineering specifications for EPC or EPC-M processes
  • Evaluation of construction proposals
  • EPC contract negotiations
  • Contract management
  • Contract method preparation and evaluation (e.g.: EPC vs. Target Price)
  • Monitoring of environmental compliance
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
Various BC hydroelectric projects (up to 500 MW)Various
Saskatoon Weir Hydroelectric ProjectCity of Saskatoon
Electrification of NE BC Natural Gas RegionConfidential

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

Value Engineering

Midgard’s value engineering expertise covers the full project development lifecycle:

  • Conceptual project design
  • Revenue modeling and project costing
  • 'Showstopper' analysis
  • Project review and optimization modeling (i.e.: cost vs. additional revenues)
  • Permitting 'problem solving'
RECENT EXPERIENCECLIENT
Saskatchewan Province-Wide Hydro InventorySaskPower
Capital PlanningMedicine Hat
Next Generation Hydro Options EvaluationYukon Dev. Corp.
Moon Lake Pumped hydro EvaluationYukon Elec. Corp.

Valuation & Strategic Consulting

Midgard’s expertise covers several strategic consulting service areas. Midgard has participated in multiple commercial negotiations, including various asset acquisition processes. Additional service areas include:

  • Energy Markets: Understanding of electricity, capacity, fuel, and ancillary services markets and market trading. Price forecasting, revenue projections, and commodity market assessments (e.g.: Natural Gas and Electricity Futures)
  • Project Due Diligence: Commercial contracts and technical review
  • Risk 'showstopper' analysis
  • Policy Advice: Policy decisions regarding procurement, contracting, bidding, and acquisition strategies
  • Negotiation Support: Negotiating with utilities and independent power producers; deal-making experience
  • 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 Due DiligencesConfidential
Power Purchase Agreement Negotiation SupportFortisBC
Generation Feasibility StudyCity of Penticton