February 24, 2017

Manitoba to Build 2 New Transmission LinesTwo new transmission lines in southern Manitoba, estimated to cost $92 million, will strengthen the reliability of electricity supply. Construction is expected to start in summer 2018 and end in 2020.

The St. Vital Transmission Complex includes a new 118-kilometre transmission line from St. Vital Station in southeast Winnipeg south to Letellier Station, just outside of Letellier, and a 35-kilometre transmission line from St. Vital Station to the La Verendrye Station southwest of Winnipeg near Oak Bluff.

“Many of Manitoba Hydro's transmission lines and stations were built 40 or 50 years ago when the communities they serve were much smaller,” says Kelvin Shepherd, Manitoba Hydro's President and CEO. “Since then we've seen populations grow and businesses develop or expand, especially in areas like Morden, Winkler and Steinbach."

The upgrade of the southern Manitoba transmission network will support growth and economic prosperity in the area.

The 230,000-volt St. Vital-Letellier transmission line will in time allow displacement of an existing 115,000-volt system that is out of capacity. The new line will strengthen the electricity supply to south central Manitoba and also serve customers in southeastern Manitoba through a proposed station in the area.

The new line is the final segment in a 230,000-volt transmission ring around the city that will help reduce the potential for outages and blackouts.

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