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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD TiMMtay, October 19, 1974 Underbid Canadian, Japanese tenders Russian firm may get million B.C. Hydro turbines contract VANCOUVER (CP) A Russian state manufacturing company has again underbid Canadian and Japanese firms to supply turbines for a new B.C. Hydro power project, a Hydro spokesman said today. The Russian bid was about million below a Canadian tender and about half of Japanese bidders. DECISION AWAITED However, the spokesman said the bids are subject to evaluation and a decision will be made in two or three months. Contract is to supply four turbines and governors for the site one powerhouse that Hydro expects to build and put into service on the Peace River downstream from the W A. C. Bennett Dam in northern B.C. The site, to produce kilowatts, is expected to cost million before it opens in 1980. In 1971, the Russians were low bidders on four turbines for the Mica Creek powerhouse, but Hydro awarded them only two and gave the others to the Japanese who were second lowest bidders. The Russian bid was made in the name of EMEC Trading Ltd of Vancouver, bidding for Energomach export, a Rus- sian government organization. The tenders called for a firm price and a price under which the utility would pay for labor and material cost es- calation during manufacture. EMEC bid million for the firm price and million on the option providing for escalation. Next was Dominion Engineering Works Ltd. of Lachine, Que. which bid only on the second option, million. C. Itoh and Co. Canada Ltd. bid million in the firm price and Mitsubishi Canada Ltd of Vancouver bid million in the same category. Jobless rate hike expected VICTORIA (CP) Unless there is an improvement in the slumping market for wood products by the middle of next month, British Columbia could be faced with an to 10-per-cent unemployment rate by Christmas, a spokesman for the Victoria local of the International Woodworkers of America said today. Local vice-president Jack Groves was commenting on the layoff of another 280 men in Victoria 200 as a result of Victoria Plywood Ltd. shutting its mill and 80 because a B.C. Forest Products sawmill's plan to reduce its third shift to a chipping operation Oct. 21. According to Statistics Canada figures released earlier this week, the un- employment rate in B.C. in September was 6.5 per cent of the work force. "If there isn't a switcharound pretty soon, it's going to Mr. Groves said of the layoff situation in the lumber in- dustry. He said nearby Plumper Bay sawmill has only 25 employees making chips instead of the full production crew of 150 and Sooke Forest products, which had employed 375. has its graveyard shift off and the work force down to 250 "and that could be cot back at the end of the month." Disappointed ST. PAUL. Minn.