The Alberta Utilities Commission held a public hearing regarding the facilities application for the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project. Read the update below.
Alberta PowerLine continues to finalize agreements with landholders. Read more...
Learn more about the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission project. View the maps...
The Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission project will help meet the growing demand for electricity in Alberta. Learn more...
Alberta PowerLine is a partnership between ATCO and Quanta Services. Read more...
On February 10, 2017, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) published their decision regarding the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project. The AUC approved the west route option with common route variation #1. Construction is expected to start as early as spring of 2017 in Crown land north of the Athabasca River, and is anticipated to begin south of the river in 2018.
In its facilities application, Alberta PowerLine included an east and a west route option for the line, with three local alternative variations. The AUC chose the west route option and common route variation #1 (which lies in Crown land) based on landholder feedback, land use, social factors, cost, and environmental considerations. Click here to see the approved route map.
Alberta PowerLine is a partnership between ATCO and Quanta Services. Alberta PowerLine is 80 per cent owned by Canadian Utilities Limited (an ATCO company) and 20 per cent owned by Quanta Services.
On December 18, 2014, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) awarded Alberta PowerLine the contract to design, build, own and operate the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project. This is the first project awarded under the AESO's recently instituted Competitive Process.
The project consists of approximately 500 km of 500-kV transmission line and associated facilities from Wabamun (west of Edmonton) to the Fort McMurray area. The project is identified in the AESO’s Long Term Transmission System Plan to help meet increased electricity demand in the Fort McMurray area and will allow more power to flow into and out of the Fort McMurray area by increasing the capacity of the electrical system.
After extensive consultation with landowners, Aboriginal Communities and interested parties, Alberta PowerLine submitted its facilities application for the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) on December 1, 2015. To learn more about the AUC proceedings, visit the project page on their website.
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