January 31, 2019
Valard Construction and NextBridge Back to Work on East-West Tie Line Project
I’m pleased to relay that, earlier today, the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, Ontario, announced “Ontario’s Government working for the People has taken decisive action to designate NextBridge as the transmitter to build a 450-kilometer, double-circuit transmission line from Thunder Bay to Wawa, known as the East-West Tie Line Project”.
To provide background, in December of 2017, Quanta Services announced that Valard was selected by NextBridge Infrastructure to construct the Ontario East-West Tie Line Project. Then, in February of 2018, Hydro One filed a Section 92 application with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to design, build and operate the new East-West Tie transmission line. Today’s announcement by Minister Rickford comes after a public hearing and consultation process that included expressions of support for the NextBridge/Valard option from the local (Northern Ontario) communities, the latest of which was communicated earlier this month.