Nov. 28, 2006
LEPREAU (CNB) - The official launch of construction of the International Power Line took place today in Lepreau.
Premier Shawn Graham; Jack Keir, minister of energy; David Hay, president and CEO of NB Power; and Rob Bennett, president of Bangor Hydro, participated in the announcement.
The 345-kilovolt International Power Line will run 95 kilometres from the existing Point Lepreau terminal to the Maine border. Its construction is a primary means to enhance the reliable and efficient operation of the transmission grid and improve market development.
"The energy sector has a huge role to play in putting the province on the road to self-sufficiency," Graham said. "The new International Power Line that is being constructed is representative of a number of building blocks of the energy model that we envision for the province. This fits our quest to forge new and improved partnerships with neighbours on the energy front."
"The International Power Line project will improve system efficiency by reducing losses for delivery of energy for our customers," Hay said. "This supports our overall goal of providing safe and reliable energy to the province of New Brunswick."
The International Power Line project began in April 2001 with applications to the Department of Environment and the National Energy Board to construct and operate the line. Since then, the project has achieved significant milestones, including a detailed route hearing before the National Energy Board, receiving all Canadian and United States regulatory approvals, and the commencement of clearing of the right of way.
NB Power, which will construct the line using its own resources supplemented with third-party resources, has partnered with Bangor Hydro for the United States portion of the project.
The line is scheduled to be in service by December 2007, increasing New Brunswick's export capacity from 700 megawatts to 1,000 megawatts, and increasing import capacity from a conditional 100 megawatts to 400 megawatts.
MEDIA CONTACT: Pamela McKay, director, Public Relations, NB Power, 506-458-3777.