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A BC Hydro Corp. subsidiary will be advising Brunei - the third largest oil producer in Southeast Asia - on which alternative energy sources the country should develop. The project came to light when the subsidiary, Powertech Labs Inc., quietly announced on the government's procurement Website it was looking for engineering firms or consultants experienced in bioenergy and hydroelectricity, as well as photovoltaic, solar thermal and wind power, to work on that study. The work is expected to get underway shortly and be completed in about six months, having a maximum value of up to $200,000 per contract for a total of $1 million.

Prospective bidders have been given just ten days to respond to those requests for proposal - which were posted on August 30, just before B.C. Day long weekend. Powertech officially signed the contract to conduct the study on June 14, according to The Brunei Times.

That contract was let by the Centre for Strategic and Policy Studies, a company funded by the Bruneian government. The executive chair of Powertech, which was setup in 1989, is former BC Hydro president and chief executive officer Bob Elton.

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