Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project Features

Location: Northwestern Ontario

Project Description: Power Line Construction Right of Way Clearing & Foundation Installation

Project Value: $46,000,000

Completion Date: Ongoing (Scheduled Completion Winter 2022/2023)

Owner: Wataynikaneyap Power LP –
Valard Construction LP
Re: Brian Gaunt
(604) 209-0576

Consultant: Hatch

Project Description

This project was created with the goal of delivering grid power to remote communities in Northwestern Ontario. Each contract for Right of Way Clearing and Foundation Installation in the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project was awarded to a Joint Venture involving First Nation communities having territorial rights to the project area. These sections extended from Pickle Lake south to Dinorwic and north to North Caribou Lake First Nation, as well as from Red Lake north. This project started in the winter of 2018/19 and will be completed in the winter of 2022/23.

The work involved clearing a new 40 metre Right of Way over 400 km in length and the installation of foundations/anchors in various locations for the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project. This project included setting up remote camps, mobilizing equipment, opening access trails and roads, foundation and anchor installation with different types dependent on ground conditions, and clearing Right of Way through sensitive permafrost areas of Northwestern Ontario. These highly sensitive environmental sites required multiple methods of clearing. Salvage operations were conducted in areas of merchantable timber.