FORT MCMURRAY, ALTA. — Power is now running through the $1.6-billion Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project. The project was able to wrap up on-budget and three months ahead of schedule
The 508-kilometre transmission line, running from Wabamun, Alta. to Fort McMurray will provide power to growing parts of northern Alberta.
The project was funded through the largest public-private-partnership (P3) bond in the country’s history. It is also the longest 500-kV AC transmission line in Canada.
“In 2014, we competed against global proponents to win the bid for this critical piece of electricity transmission infrastructure,” said Wayne Stensby, managing director of electricity for ATCO, in a statement.
“Today, along with our partner Quanta Services, we successfully completed construction on this project ahead of schedule and on-budget. We take pride in the genuine, heartfelt engagement and trust that we have built with all communities and indigenous peoples along the route. The success of this project would not have been possible without these strong, mutually beneficial relationships.”
The Alberta PowerLine team — composed of Canada Utilities limited, Atco and Quanta — was awarded the contract in 2014 by the Alberta Electric System Operator through an international competition to develop, finance, design, build, own, operate and maintain the line.
Following extensive consultation, the final route was approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission in February 2017 and construction began shortly thereafter.