FORT PROVIDENCE, N.W.T. – Federal officials have announced funding has been secured for the construction of a new transmission line in Fort Providence and Kakisa in the Northwest Territories.
Ottawa will contribute $45 million to the project through the Arctic Energy Fund, which supports energy security in northern communities. The Government of Northwest Territories is investing up to $15 million in this project.
The project involves the construction of a 170 kilometre transmission line that connects the communities of Fort Providence and Kakisa to the existing Taltson hydropower transmission system south of Hay River.
Officials stated the project will cut diesel fuel consumption by approximately one million litres and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2.75 kilotonnes. Additionally, the transmission line will allow the surrounding areas to have access to an energy source, including the nearby Dory Point service area.
“Access to reliable sources of energy is essential for northern communities to thrive. This new transmission line will provide a reliable and efficient source of energy for the communities of Fort Providence and Kakisa,” said Michael McLeod, member of parliament for the region, in a statement.