The Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project

Elecnor and TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. (TransCanada) have been selected by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) as one of the five parties to move forward in the competitive bid process to design, build and operate a power transmission line between Edmonton and Fort McMurray. 

The 500-kilometre Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project is required to meet the growing needs of Alberta’s energy industry. The transmission line will allow for power to flow between northern Alberta and areas across the province. The current capacity of the transmission system in the Fort McMurray area is nearing its limits as the demand for power has roughly doubled over the last decade.

In 2013, the AESO created a competitive process to select a qualified and cost-effective transmission company to build, own and operate the Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project. 

Elecnor and TransCanada participated in the Request for Qualifications phase that began in late July and will now advance to the Request for Proposals phase. These companies bring together extensive knowledge of the region and the regulatory and technical expertise needed to build this project with the least amount of impact on communities and the environment. 

The AESO expects to select a successful proponent by the end of 2014.