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New Hydro Project Planned at Pointe du Bois

Posted on: June 8, 2022  |  

In early April, MB Hydro informed WCA of a new project Manitoba Hydro is planning to increase Pointe du Bois Generating Station’s supply of renewable, dependable electricity and enhance our transmission capacity in the area, so they can get the most value of Manitobans’ investment in this over 110-year-old energy asset.

The following update was provided by Hydro today:

The Pointe du Bois Renewable Energy Project (PREP) is made up of two main parts – a generating unit replacement in the station’s powerhouse and the construction of a new transmission line in the area. We’re planning to install 8 generating units at Pointe du Bois to replace some of the original units that are nearing end of life. This upgrade will extend the operable life of the station to at least 2055 and increase the amount of renewable, dependable electricity we can produce to meet our customers’ ever-growing needs.

The new transmission line will start at Pointe du Bois Generating Station and end at the Whiteshell Substation, located near Seven Sisters Falls. This transmission line will deliver more renewable energy and improve reliability for our customers in the surrounding areas. The first portion of the line will be routed along an existing right-of-way between Pointe du Bois Generating Station and Lee River Distribution Supply Centre (DSC). The second portion of the line will require a new right-of-way between Lee River DSC and Whiteshell Substation.

The map available at the link below shows the alternative route segments (in pink) for the new transmission line. Feedback received in Hydro’s engagement will help determine the preferred route.

PW75 Alternate Route Map

Please go to www.hydro.mb.ca/prep to view an enlarged map and zoom into the alternative route segments in more detail.

Manitoba Hydro is seeking input from landowners, Indigenous communities, interested parties and the public to help inform our routing and plans.

“You are encouraged to share your feedback on the alternative route segments in our online survey and feedback portal, as well as one of our virtual information sessions. We are open to adapting our engagement processes to best meet your needs.

We acknowledge the challenging circumstances many are facing due to flooding in southeastern Manitoba. Opportunities for feedback on the alternative route segments in our Round 1 engagement are open until the end of August. If you are unable to attend one of the scheduled information sessions, please contact us directly to arrange an alternative time this summer that works best for you.”

Join Hydro for a virtual information session

  • July 13 at 7:00 p.m.
  • July 14 at 12:00 p.m.
  • July 19 at 7:00 p.m.
  • July 20 at 12:00 p.m.
  • July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
  • August 9 at 12:00 p.m.
  • August 10 at 7:00 p.m.

To register, go to www.hydro.mb.ca/prep, e-mail projects@hydro.mb.ca or call 1-877-343-1631.

 Online survey

  • Go to www.hydro.mb.ca/prep to tell us what you think about the alternative route segments. Survey closes on August 30, 2022.

Interactive map & feedback portal

  • Visit our interactive map and feedback portal at www.hydro.mb.ca/prep to zoom into the alternative route segments, provide comments and suggestions, flag points of interest, and see what others are saying. The portal is open until August 30, 2022.

Learn more about the project at www.hydro.mb.ca/prep.

This relates to a previous update shared by WCA.  Click the link below

New Hydro Project Planned in the Pointe du Bois Area

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