Western Alberta Transmission Line

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Ranking for 2015: 28

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Transmission

Range: $1 billion - $5 billion

Project Value: $1,650,000,000

Government Funds Involved: N/A

Funding Source: Private

Location: Genesee area west of Edmonton 
to the Langdon area east of Calgary, Alberta, Alberta

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2015


This 500-kV, 350-km transmission line will connect the Genesee area west of Edmonton to the Langdon area east of Calgary. Upon completion, the project will improve the reliability and efficiency of the Alberta interconnected electric system and ensure Albertans have access to the lowest-priced power.

About 950 structures will make up the new transmission line. To date, AltaLink has erected more than 600 structures and installed almost 800 structure foundations. The majority of structures are assembled in designated yards off of the right of way. Specialized helicopters are then used to lift, move, and erect sections of the structures. Using a helicopter significantly reduces the amount of construction traffic and corresponding environmental impacts on the right of way.

Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2015.


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