Northern Pass: the national energy Board gives its approval

News 5 March, 2018
  • QMI agency

    Monday, 5 march 2018 20:02

    Monday, 5 march 2018 20:04

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    The national energy Board (NEB) has given its approval to Hydro-Québec, Monday, for the construction of the project, Northern Pass, which consists of the construction of a power line 1090 megawatts between Quebec and Massachusetts.

    In its decision, the board allows Hydro-Québec to build and operate a power line to 320 kV, which will stretch about 79 miles, partly under ground, between the position of the Cantons and the canada-u.s. border.

    The permit application had been filed by Hydro-Quebec there are more than one year, to December 23, 2016.

    The NEB indicated that it had received and considered several letters of comments from, especially, indigenous groups and environmentalists who voiced concerns vis-à-vis the project.

    Canada’s federal funding agency has, however, indicated that in his opinion, Hydro-Québec has responded to the concerns expressed by the public during the comment period and that it has alleviated”.

    In its decision, the Board finds that Hydro-Québec has demonstrated that the project covered by the permit meets the needs of the market and that it will increase the export capacity of Québec”.

    This decision, however, while the proposed Northern Pass is in trouble on the other side of the border. New Hampshire, which must be crossed by the electric line, are opposed to this day in the project.

    Hydro-Québec expects that the Northern line Pass, whose construction cost is approximately $ 2.1 billion, could enter service in 2020.