CHATHAM, ONT. — Hydro One has broken ground on its 49-kilometre Chatham to Lakeshore Transmission Line in southwestern Ontario.
Hydro One CEO David Lebeter was joined by Ontario Minister of Energy Todd Smith and First Nations and municipal leaders onsite June 19 to mark the start of construction on the $268-million project, stated a release.
Construction of the transmission line will be undertaken by contractor Voltage Power, a subsidiary of Aecon Group. Hydro One said a significant portion of the project procurement will include purchases from Indigenous businesses as subcontractors to Voltage.
The line will add 400 megawatts of electricity to the region, which is enough power to supply a city the size of Windsor. Smith said the new transmission line will be used by the agri-food sector as well as the battery-manufacturing sector in Windsor-Essex.
Black & McDonald will be involved in upgrades to the Chatham Switching Station as part of the project.
The line is expected to be in service by the end of 2025.
Hydro One has offered five First Nations in the region a 50 per cent equity stake in the transmission line component of the project.
“The Chatham to Lakeshore Transmission Line is paving the way for Ontario’s clean energy future and will support economic growth and local food suppliers in southwest Ontario,” said Lebeter. “We’re focused on creating a new electricity network in the southwest that will bring a cascade of benefits including more jobs and economic growth, as well as equity investment opportunities for local First Nations that will generate revenues for generations to come.”