Canadian Consulting Engineer

Ontario pledges $2.3 billion in new transmission lines

October 5, 2009
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

The Ontario government has asked Hydro One to immediately proceed with building major power transmission proje...

The Ontario government has asked Hydro One to immediately proceed with building major power transmission projects across Ontario.

About 20 projects are included in the three-year program, but in the first place six core transmission network upgrades will immediately go forward, including north-south lines from Sudbury to Barrie, and from Barrie to the Greater Toronto Area. There will also be an east-west line from Nipigon to Wawa.

Hydro One owns 97% of the transmission lines in Ontario and is owned by the province. However, a government release said that given the size of the $2.3 billion project, Hydro One “may involve third party commercial entities as partners in transmission projects because of its massive scope.” Aboriginal groups are to be consulted and provided with opportunities for the work.

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