Market benchmarking carried out by Hydro-QuĂ©bec shows that the cost of steel towers is approximately 40 percent lower on the international market. Hydro-QuĂ©bec 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-QuĂ©bec prequalified seven new international suppliers in this field. The addition of these new players will allow Hydro-QuĂ©bec to take advantage of competitive prices internationally when purchasing additional steel towers, for the benefit of all Hydro-QuĂ©bec customers. Hydro-QuĂ©bec began this process many months ago and it has long been known by QuĂ©bec suppliers.
In addition, QuĂ©bec-based suppliers of steel towers, with whom Hydro-QuĂ©bec 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-QuĂ©bec is a driving force in economic development and has long favored suppliers from QuĂ©bec. In 2014, goods and services purchased from QuĂ©bec companies totalled $3,112 million. The number of jobs in QuĂ©bec supported by our overall procurement of goods and services is estimated at 17,700, including 12,300 direct jobs.