SEBJ engineers are a special breed-they need both know-how and creativity to face the challenges involved with working in remote areas. Building the La Grande complex, for example, meant the construction of several hundred kilometres of access roads, aqueduct and sewer systems, camps or villages that could house up to 18,000 workers during peak construction periods, and reservoirs and dams requiring over 286,630,000 cubic metres of excavated material and fill.
The notion of protecting the environment came into play in the early 1970s when construction began on the major components of the La Grande complex, and would prove to be one of the most important aspects of all subsequent development projects on the Grande Rivière. Over the past 30 years, the Nord-du-Québec area has become one of the most extensively documented regions in the world, and this veritable laboratory now provides a wealth of data for developing environmental monitoring and follow-up activities in northern regions.
For every project it undertakes, SEBJ conducts a number of comprehensive studies on such aspects as aquatic and land environments, land use and wildlife harvesting, the landscape, and the health and well-being of the local residents.
SEBJ personnel have developed unique expertise in hydroelectric development, simultaneously managing several large-scale projects, procurement in remote areas and adapting technical innovations to the environment. Our solid background in project management enables us to handle just about any hydro project, from mini to mega.