Work on new transmission line ahead of schedule


Work on the Chatham to Lakeshore Transmission Line will be done ahead of schedule.

Hydro One has announced the work is on track to be completed by the end of 2024, a full year earlier than expected.

The utility provider says by finishing the work early, it will reduce the cost of the project by roughly $15-million.

The $253-million project is expected to increase the reliability and resiliency of the entire electricity network in Windsor-Essex.

It will add close to 400 megawatts of clean electricity to the region.

Hydro One says it's enough power to supply a city the size of Windsor and support economic growth in agri-foods, clean energy supply chain and manufacturing.  

The project started earlier this year on the 49-kilometre, 230-kilovolt line between Chatham Switching Station in Chatham-Kent and the new Lakeshore Transformer Station in Lakeshore. This new transmission line is part of a network of infrastructure projects across southwest Ontario and the next step of a multi-phase approach that will unlock the electrification potential of Ontario's economy. 

Hydro One says the line is expected to be in service by December 2024.