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East-West Tie (EWT) Line Project, Canada [free access]

September 1, 2017

Developer: NextBridge Infrastructure (NextBridge), a joint venture (JV) of NextEra Energy Canada (a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC), Enbridge Incorporation and Borealis Infrastructure Management.

 

Project details and status: The East–West Tie Project (EWT) is an initiative by the provincial government of Ontario to support the development of renewable energy in northwest Ontario and maintain system reliability in the region. It is the first competitively-bid transmission project in Ontario. In August 2011, the OEB issued a notice to all licensed transmitters to register their interest in filing for the development of the project, subsequent to which, in February 2012, OEB initiated proceedings to designate a developer. In August 2013, NextBridge was chosen to develop the project, which entails construction of a new 446-km, 230 kV double-circuit line from Wawa substation to Lakehead substation in Thunder Bay in Ontario with a transfer capacity of 650 MW.

 

Originally, NextEra Energy Canada had formed Upper Canada Transmission Incorporation (UCT) to participate in the Ontario transmission market. The name of the company was changed to NextBridge in December 2012, following the acquisition of 25 per cent of its shares by Enbridge Incorporation and Borealis Infrastructure Management. With this the NextBridge became JV of NextEra Energy Canada (a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources LLC), Enbridge Incorporation and Borealis Infrastructure Management.

 

NextBridge is responsible for completing development works of the project, for which it is authorised to spend around CAD22.2 million. The company can recover this investment from the Board after meeting certain criteria.

 

In February 2014, the company submitted Terms of Reference (ToR) to the Ministry of the Environment for review the project under the Environmental Assessment Act (EAA).

 

In November 2015, Ontario Energy Board (OEB) denied the application of the developer for approval of the recovery of additional development costs of the project.

 

In July 2017, NextBridge issued environmental assessment report of the project. In August 2017, NextBridge filed a Leave to Construct (LTC) application for the project with Ontario Energy Board (OEB).

 

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