Fort McMurray West Transmission Project

Rank 2024


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Industry Sector: Energy

Project Type: Transmission

Project Value: $1.43 billion

Funding Source: Private

Private Funding: $1.43 billion

Province: Alberta

City / Region: Edmonton to Fort McMurray

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion: 2019

This project will consist of approximately 500 kilometres of transmission line and associated facilities in order to support increasing growth in northeastern Alberta. It will include a 500-kilovolt (kV) AC single-circuit transmission line, approximately 100 kilometres in length, running from a new substation in the Thickwood Hills area to the existing Livock 939S substation, and a 500 kV AC singlecircuit transmission line, approximately 400 kilometres in length, running from Livock 939S substation to the approved Sunnybrook 510S substation.

The proposed route, substations, and design of the transmission line are subject to approval by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). Approval for the project was granted by the AUC in February 2017. The project is set to be in service in 2019.

Project Owner: Alberta PowerLine

Engineer: Alberta PowerLine—Quanta Services (subsidiary Valard Construction to provide EPC services), ATCO Electric (route planning, operations, and maintenance)

Other Key Players: Aon Risk Solutions (risk/insurance advisor to authority); INTECH Risk Management (insurance advisor)

Legal: Bennett Jones (acted for successful proponent); Norton Rose Fulbright; Torys (proponent lenders); Fasken Martineau DuMoulin (counsel to Quanta Services and Valard Construction)

2019 Rank: 40

2018 Rank: 35

2017 Rank: 32

2016 Rank: 33

2015 Rank: 31