Enbridge, Borealis Infrastructure and NextEra Partner to Bid for Northern Ontario Power Line Project
According to the press release, “NextEra Energy Canada, Enbridge and Borealis Infrastructure announced today that they have filed for regulatory approval to allow Enbridge and Borealis to acquire interests in NextEra Energy Canada’s subsidiary, Upper Canada Transmission, Inc. Upper Canada Transmission, Inc. intends to bid for the opportunity to develop a new transmission line in Northern Ontario between Wawa and Thunder Bay as a joint venture through a limited partnership among affiliates of NextEra Energy Canada, Enbridge and Borealis. The venture plans to operate under the name NextBridge Infrastructure.
The proposed Ontario East-West Transmission Tie is expected to increase reliability, allow for the retirement or conversion of northern coal facilities and increase the ability to develop renewable generation in the region. If selected, the consortium expects to develop, construct, own and operate the new line under the regulatory oversight of the Ontario Energy Board. The expected in-service date is as early as 2017.
An Ontario Power Authority report has identified the project as a 400km, 230kV transmission line with an estimated investment of $600 million. The report states that the cost of the project is expected to be outweighed by the savings to the ratepayers of Ontario through lower congestion resulting in decreased generation costs, lower losses and increased reliability.”
Read more: Enbridge Press Release