CHATHAM-KENT, ONT. — Hydro One Networks has announced that the Chatham to Lakeshore Transmission Line is on track to be completed by the end of 2024, a year ahead of schedule.
Construction began in spring 2023 on the 49-kilometre, 230-kilovolt line between Chatham Switching Station in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the new Lakeshore Transformer Station in the Municipality of Lakeshore. The line is now anticipated to be in service by December 2024.
By completing the project early, the company expects to reduce the cost of the project by approximately $15 million, a release stated. The $253-million investment will add approximately 400 megawatts of electricity to the capacity of the Windsor-Essex region.
The project is also being targeted for inclusion in Hydro One’s First Nations Equity program. Five local First Nations will have the opportunity to invest in a 50-per-cent equity ownership stake in the transmission line component of the project.
In 2019 and 2022, the minister of energy amended Hydro One’s transmission licence to develop five new transmission lines in southwest Ontario.
“This consolidated approach to developing the new transmission lines has expedited development in the region and allowed Hydro One the certainty to advance its relationships with regulators, local communities, industry and businesses,” stated the release.