Hydro One is continuing to develop their Waasigan Transmission Line, which aims to improve electrical reliability and increase available power across the region. If everything goes to plan, the new 230kv transmission line would be developed by 2026 at the earliest.
The project, formerly referred to as the Northwest Bulk Transmission Line, would run between Thunder Bay, Atikokan and Dryden, bringing economic investment and job creation with it.
Hydro One is advancing work on the project’s Terms of Reference, which is the first step of the Environmental Assessment. The EA development work will ensure that electrical capacity is ready when its needed.
The purpose of the environmental assessment process is to identify and evaluate alternative and preferred routes for the project, assess potential effects of the new transmission line, and to determine measures to reduce or mitigate those potential effects. The full assessment is expected to be released in 2024.
Hydro One says due to the growing demand of the forestry and mining sector in northwestern Ontario, more power availability is needed in the region. This initiative was also recommended by the Independent Electricity System Operator.
Waasigan is an Ojibwe word, meaning “bringing power”. It was selected to reflect local Indigenous community members, and in recognition of the traditional land. The project also states that Hydro One will focus on hiring local workers, but no job amount estimations have been made at this time.
Hydro One is accepting feedback and submissions throughout the process, through 1-877-345-6799 and Community.Relations@HydroOne.com.