Hydro-Québec partners with Pomerleau, Veolia and Ehvert to develop state-of-the-art data center in the Province of Quebec


MONTREAL - May 28, 2015 — Under a 20-year lease and operation agreement, consortium partners Pomerleau, Veolia and Ehvert, will design, construct and operate a new data center for Hydro-Québec, one of the world's largest hydroelectric producers. With an advanced design leveraging free cooling technology, the facility is expected to achieve an industry-leading power usage efficiency rating.

Consortium partners Veolia, the global leader in optimized resource management, Pomerleau, Inc., a leading construction firm in Canada, and Ehvert Mission Critical, an engineering and construction firm specializing in data centers, recently secured a major Design, Build, Finance and Maintain (DBFM) contract for Hydro-Québec’s new data center outside of Montreal – a future hotspot serving the utility’s critical operations as the main energy provider in Quebec.  
A leader in renewable electricity generation, Hydro-Québec produces over 99 percent of its electricity from water — a source of clean, renewable and reliable energy.  Slated to be one of the most advanced data centers serving a sole organization in Canada, Hydro-Québec’s new facility will be certified Tier III by Uptime Institute, the global data center authority. 
By implementing a state-of-the-art cooling system that uses outside air, the data center is projected to achieve an industry-leading power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.3 or lower – a measure of exceptional data center energy efficiency.
“The data center represents a new standard in efficiency and availability,” said Ehvert Mission Critical President Vello Ehvert.  “By developing complex engineering and energy models for the centralized data center, Hydro-Québec will achieve maximum operational efficiency, in addition to streamlined construction of the facility.”
Leveraging a scalable approach, Ehvert is designing the data center to augment its power capacity in stages from 1.6 to 4.5 megawatts (MW) over the course of the 20-year term. Once construction is completed by Pomerleau in 2016, Veolia will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services for the data center under a 20-year lease and operation agreement, including technical data center operations, facility maintenance and property management, 24/7 physical security and ongoing energy management support.
Pomerleau’s Vice President – Public Infrastructure Development Pierre-Luc Dumas said, “The data center is on the cutting edge of technology and we are pleased to bring it to fruition for Hydro-Québec through our partnership with Veolia and Ehvert. In addition, the project fits with our long-term plan of focusing on contracts involving alternative financing arrangements such as design-build-finance-operate, where we have developed strong expertise.”
“As the world's largest hydroelectric producer, Hydro-Québec is committed to sustainability and protecting the data of its over four million customer accounts,” said Philippe Blain, vice president, East Canada for Veolia North America's Municipal and Commercial Business.  “We’re proud to be in a consortium with reputed partners to operate Hydro-Québec’s state-of-the-art data center – built for the highest standards of security, reliability and redundancy.”

Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees* worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2014, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of $29.6 billion* in 2014.
(*) 2014 pro-forma figures, including Dalkia International (100%) and excluding Dalkia France.
About Pomerleau
Incorporated in 1966 and with an annual sales figure of approximately $1.6 billion in 2014, Pomerleau is a construction company operating in the building, public infrastructure and civil works sectors. A full-service firm, Pomerleau offers general contracting, construction management and design-build contractual modes among others, and offers alternative financing arrangements. In addition, it has developed expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM). Pomerleau’s divisions include Pomerleau Civil, Pomerleau Buildings, Neilson, Santerre and Beaubois. It is also co-owner of Borea Construction, a leader in the Canadian wind farm industry.
About Ehvert Mission Critical
Incorporated in 1988, Ehvert Mission Critical is an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company that designs, builds and operates mission critical facilities such as data centres in Canada and the US.  Ehvert has locations across Canada and also has an engineering office in Tallinn, Estonia that focuses on the modelling, simulation and control of physical and energy infrastructure.  Ehvert’s team of highly skilled engineers, construction and operational staff is able to deliver highly efficient turnkey solutions in shorter time frames, higher quality and lower risk.



Karole Colangelo

Carolyne Van Der Meer

Ehvert Mission Critical
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