ATCO Electric to begin construction on EATL in February

ATCO Electric continues its preconstruction progress on the Eastern Alberta Transmission Line (EATL) with geotechnical work, and will begin actual line construction in February, Sett Policiccio, president of capital projects division, told TransmissionHub Jan. 24.

EATL is a $1.6bn, 311-mile, 500-kV HVDC transmission line that originates at the Heathfield converter station in the Redwater-Gibbons area northeast of Edmonton and terminates at the Newell converter station in the Brooks area south of Calgary.

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) on Nov. 15, 2012, approved the route for the line.

EATL and the Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL) together comprise one of four projects classified as “critical transmission infrastructure” (CTI) by the Electric Statutes Amendment Act, also known as Bill 50. The other three are the Heartland transmission line; a new 230-kV substation southeast of the city of Calgary; and two single circuit 500-kV transmission facilities that will run from the Edmonton region to the Fort McMurray region.

Separately, the AUC on Jan. 23 directed ATCO Electric to award local interveners more than $1m in intervener costs incurred in connection with the EATL.

Local interveners include people or groups that have an interest in or occupy land that could be affected by a decision or order the AUC may make regarding the proposed project. In 2011, the AUC determined that people who owned or resided on property within 800 meters of the edge of the project’s right-of-way were eligible to participate in the EATL proceedings. 

The majority of the costs for which participants filed for recovery in the proceeding were for expert, consultant or legal fees, though participants were also able to request reimbursement for travel fees as long as they were attending a hearing related to the EATL proceeding. 

No further intervener costs will be rewarded as the hearings have been completed, Policiccio said.

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