Corridor path chosen

By Geoff Lee

June 29, 2017 12:00 AM

YOUR FARM IS HERE Lloydminster area landowner, William Handel, centre, had questions about a quarter section of his land, intersected by the preferred corridor route of SaskPower's 138 kV transmission line project, from Lloydminster to Spruce Lake. On the left is Shayne MacDonald, a routing consultant from JD Mollard Associates, and the right, SaskPower's Erin Lord, a stakeholder consultant at an open house, held at the Centennial Civic Centre on June 28. GEOFF LEE LLS PHOTO

SaskPower unveiled the preferred corridor for its Lloydminster to Spruce Lake transmission project, to wrap up its second and last public consultation phase.
An open house at the Centennial Civic Centre on June 28 gave stakeholders a final chance to review the corridor path chosen from multiple route options, presented to the public earlier this year.
“In March, we spoke with elected officials, landowners, and the general public, and we encouraged them to provide us with comments on the project, as well as feedback on the different routes that were presented,” said SaskPower spokesperson Laura McKnight.
That feedback led to the preferred route.
“Right now, we are asking the public to review a proposed preferred route, and this is our chance to provide some information on the rationale.
“In developing routes, we consider a lot of things—the feedback, but we also work with environmental, safety and other regulations.”
The project will cost about $60 million and includes two new substations, a new 138 kV transmission line, and new 25 kV distribution lines.
The upgrade is designed to improve service reliability, and help support oilfield development and growth throughout the area, and will involve two river crossings.
Construction could begin in October 2018 on the first of three segments, starting from the existing 230 kV Lloydminster switching station to the new substation site at Paradise Hill.
The second leg of the line will go east from Paradise Hill, paralleling a section of the existing 72kV GL6 transmission line.
The final segment will tap off the GL6 line and run north to the Spruce Lake substation build.
Husky Energy plans to construct two 10,000 barrels per day thermal projects in the area, called Spruce Lake North and Central.
The full transmission line is expected to be energized in early 2020.
Documents available at the open house show the preferred corridor as the lowest cost choice.
“We minimize agricultural, environmental social and other land impacts,” said McKnight.
“There’s a lot of things we do consider with these routes.”
The line will be largely supported by single circuit H-frame structures, double-circuit steel lattice towers to cross, and single-circuit tubular steel, single pole structures.

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