Wataynikaneyap Transmission Project

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Ranking for 2019: 36

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Transmission

Range: $1 billion - $5 billion

Project Value: $1,600,000,000

Government Funds Involved: Wataynikaneyap has invested approximately $16 million to date on pre-development activities. Government funding is still required to make the project a reality.

Funding Source: Public-Private

Location: Northern, Ontario

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2024


Wataynikaneyap Power—composed of 22 Northwestern First Nation communities—partnered with FortisOntario and RES Canada in August 2015 to develop and operate the transmission facilities to connect 16 remote reserves to the power grid and transition them away from diesel generation. The plan calls for an 1,800-kilometre transmission line broken into two phases: a 300-kilometre line to Pickle Lake ($200 million), and transmission lines to connect the communities north of Pickle Lake and Red Lake ($1.15 billion). In March, the provincial and federal governments unveiled the funding framework for the project. That was followed by the selection of four pre-qualified proponents to receive EPC RFP packages for Phase 1 and 2 of the project in September. The date of selection of the successful proponent has not been released. Potential remote electrification is anticipated in 2022, with build-out to 2024.

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