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Hydro One looking to take over North Shore transmission line project –

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2018215 Views

Utility claims their Lake Superior Link is 50 kilometres shorter and $100 million less expensive than Next Bridge’s competing proposal by using existing power line corridor through Pukaskwa National Park.

THUNDER BAY – Despite being initially passed over five years ago to build a new transmission line along the north shore of Lake Superior, a Hydro One executive believes nothing that has happened in the process to this point is insurmountable for the utility to take over the project.

Hydro One has re-entered the process to construct the new line, which would connect the Lakehead and Wawa transformer stations, filing an application to build the 400-kilometre, 230-kilovolt project, being referred to as the Lake Superior Link, on or adjacent to the existing line’s path.

In 2013, the Ontario Energy Board selected the NextBridge East-West Tie proposal for development. Last year the province directed the Independent Electricity System Operator to review options after the cost skyrocketed to $777 million, significantly higher than their original $419 million bid.

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