Hydro-Quebec opens bids to international suppliers

Hydro-Quebec said that it decided to invite global suppliers to respond to an RFP for 5,000 tonnes of steel for towers

August 13, 2015
by PurchasingB2B Staff


QUEBEC—In the coming years, Hydro-Quebec’s needs for steel towers will rise to double its regular average annual purchases. This temporary increase can be attributed to a number of major electricity transmission projects in Quebec, said the hydroelectric company.

Market benchmarking carried out by Hydro-Quebec shows that the cost of steel towers is approximately 40 percent lower on the international market. Hydro-Quebec said that it therefore decided to invite international suppliers, as well as local suppliers, to respond to a request for proposals to supply 5,000 tonnes of steel for towers.

Following a call for expressions of interest at the end of 2014, Hydro-Quebec pre-qualified seven new international suppliers in this field. The addition of these new players will allow Hydro-Quebec to take advantage of competitive prices internationally when purchasing additional steel towers, for the benefit of all Hydro-Quebec customers. Hydro-Quebec began this process many months ago, which the corporation said has long been common knowledge among Quebec suppliers.

In addition, Quebec-based suppliers of steel towers, with whom Hydro-Quebec has developed a long-standing business relationship, may see their volume increase by taking part in this international call for tenders if their bid is competitive.

Hydro-Quebec said that it has long favored suppliers from Quebec—in 2014, goods and services purchased from Quebec companies totalled $3,112 million. The number of jobs in Quebec supported by the company’s of goods and services procurement is estimated at 17,700.

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