VICTORIA — The president of BC Hydro says a one-year delay in the Site C hydroelectric project would cost $630 million, as the project is in limbo with the NDP poised to form a minority government in British Columbia in the coming weeks.

The NDP, which has signed a deal with the Green party to bring down Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal government, want to send the dam project in northeastern British Columbia to the province’s utilities commission to review its economic viability.

At a briefing Wednesday, Hydro president Jessica McDonald says tenders for contracts for the realignment of a highway are set to go out June 15 and a bridge construction tender is scheduled to be issued at the beginning of July.

McDonald says two homes — one owned by local farmers and the other a rental property — are in the direct path of the $8.8-billion dam.

NDP Leader John Horgan recently wrote to McDonald asking the Crown corporation to suspend the evictions of two homeowners and urging it not to sign any new contracts for the project until a new government has gained the confidence of the legislature after last month’s election.

On Tuesday, Clark sent letters sent to Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver telling them the evictions are necessary as part of the road and bridge construction projects that are needed to divert a river in September 2019.

Weaver attended today’s briefing in Victoria.

The Canadian Press