AECOM announced today that it, in association with PowerTel and Deutsche Bank, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Wataynikaneyap Power to help build a new transmission line project in Northwestern Ontario, Canada.
The AECOM-led team will provide design, construction and financial services for the project. A qualified, licensed transmission partner also will be selected, which will partly own and operate the line.
The project’s first phase is a new transmission line to Pickle Lake, Ontario. The second phase will consist of connecting remote First Nations communities to the provincial power grid.
“We are delighted to play a role in providing needed electrical power in Ontario,” said AECOM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John M. Dionisio. “We look forward to leveraging AECOM’s expertise while participating in this important project, which is projected to benefit communities by enabling economic development and providing opportunities for employment and environmental improvement once operational.”
“Our goal is the grid connection of remote communities and the elimination of dependency on diesel generation,” said Margaret Kenequanash, chair of Wataynikaneyap Power. “There are many health, safety, and environmental concerns with diesel generation, and it does not meet the needs of our communities. Grid connection will change that, and our partnership will provide the necessary expertise to move this important infrastructure project forward.”
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About Wataynikaneyap Power
Wataynikaneyap Power is a First Nation led company working to design, permit, construct, own and operate a transmission line to bring additional grid connection to Pickle Lake and beyond to connect remote First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario. The company’s vision is to provide reliable and accessible power for residents, businesses, and industry in the region and realize economic opportunities for First Nations. More information about Wataynikaneyap Power can be found at www.wataypower.ca.
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Source: AECOM Technology Corporation
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