The firm was awarded the Award of Excellence for its Meliadine Mine Cogeneration Plant project. Client: Agnico Eagle
This project involved Agnico Eagle searching for an efficient, eco-friendly and cost-effective solution to power its Meliadine mine in Nunavut. It mandated the BBA team to design its 28 MW cogeneration plant, along with the thermal and electrical systems. The high-performance generators and the heat recovery system’s innovative design led to a total estimated energy efficiency of 80% and reduced diesel consumption by 4.5 million litres per year compared to conventional cogeneration plants.
“We’re very proud to have contributed to this project which, in addition to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and creating local benefits, ensures worker safety—a priority in extreme climates—and is a testament to our team’s expertise and innovation,” explains André Allaire, BBA President.
Indeed, building in the Far North is complex in many ways. The extreme cold, with temperatures dropping to below 50°C, pushed BBA experts to design an exceptionally reliable electrical and thermal system, and they succeeded magnificently thanks to close collaboration with the Agnico Eagle project team.
Together, BBA and Agnico Eagle demonstrated that by going beyond engineering, not only can environmental awareness and performance go hand in hand, but they also have the power to bridge communities and create long-term value.
About the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards
“The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, co-sponsored by ACEC-Canada and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine, celebrates the important contributions made by the consulting engineering industry to the social, economic and environmental quality of life of Canadians and people around the world.” Source: For full contest details and to learn more about the nominated projects, visit the ACEC-Canada website.