Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project takes another step forward
Tim Brody - Editor
Wataynikaneyap Power LP (Wataynikaneyap Power) announced on June 13 it has filed a leave to construct application with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to construct and operate the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project.
The First Nations-led transmission project will build approximately 1,800 kilometres of transmission line in Northwestern Ontario connecting 17 First Nations communities to the Ontario power grid.
The project will reinforce the existing transmission grid to Pickle Lake and will expand grid service north of Pickle Lake and Red Lake to connect the 17 First Nations communities.
“We are very pleased to see continued progress on the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project. This is an incredibly important project that will provide clean, reliable power to the First Nations communities in Northern Ontario that are currently living off the grid and relying on very expensive, environmentally-unfriendly diesel generators to power their homes and businesses,” commented Margaret Kenequanash, CEO of Wataynikaneyap Power.
“Filing a leave to construct application under Section 92 is an OEB requirement for any company proposing to build an electricity transmission line in Ontario. The application provides details of the project such as timing, design and costs, and is an OEB requirement for any company proposing to build an electricity transmission line in Ontario,” a news release issued by Wataynikaneyap Power LP explained.
“Filing the leave to construct application is the next significant milestone in the Wataynikaneyap Project. We are committed to this important project and honoured to work with our 22 First Nations partners in seeing it come to fruition. This filing is a major step forward on that journey,” concluded Scott Hawkes, President and CEO of FortisOntario Inc. and Wataynikaneyap Power PM Inc.