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Transmission line expansion completed in Canada

Bechtel announced that the company has completed the Hanna Region Transmission Development (HRTD) project in Canada, which included more than 200 miles of cable, on schedule and under budget.

A press release said that the project, to expand and upgrade ATCO Electric's electrical transmission system and infrastructure in Alberta, included stringing 219 miles (353 kilometers) of 240 kilovolt (kV) and 144 kV transmission lines, constructing more than 1,200 new transmission towers, and building six new substations and upgrading twelve substations. It noted that about 60% of the area where the transmission line was built passed through protected pasture, native grasses, and wetlands that are also popular wildlife breeding grounds. "To minimize the impact, the project team used a mobile app to ensure that the field team had customized information about accessing land parcels and environmental regulations," it said.

"The construction of the HRTD project has helped us meet the increased demand for electricity in the Hanna region due to industrial growth in the area," said Sett Policicchio, President, ATCO Electric Transmission Division. "We were pleased to work with a team that could skillfully manage construction in environmentally sensitive areas and cope with our diverse weather conditions."

Per ATCO, the cable came from two cables manufacturers: Southwire, which supplied approximately 75% of the cable, and General Cable, which supplied the remainder.

The project is part of ATCO Electric's Eastern Alberta Transmission Line project, for which. Bechtel will construct approximately 300 miles of 500-kV high voltage direct current transmission line that runs from the Gibbons-Redwater area northeast of Edmonton to the Brooks area southeast of Calgary.

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