Our CUSW members are proud workers in the Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project and the East-West Tie Project.
The Wataynikaneyap Power Transmission Project is an unprecedented First Nations-led project to build approximately 1,800 kilometres of transmission lines in Northwestern Ontario to connect 17 remote First Nations communities to the provincial transmission grid for the first time. The project will reinforce the existing transmission grid to Pickle Lake and bring reliable energy to the communities.
The East-West Tie project involves the installation of a new double-circuit 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line generally paralleling the existing double-circuit 230 kV transmission corridor (the existing East-West Tie) connecting the Wawa Transformer Station (TS) to the Lakehead TS in Shuniah near Thunder Bay, with a connection approximately mid-way at the Marathon TS.
The route is 450 kilometres long and consists of a long series of structures that carry bulk electricity over large distances from one transformer station to another at high voltage levels. The line will have insulators, conductors, overhead shield wires, optic fibre ground wire and grounding.
The East West Tie has been developed to ensure a long-term and reliable supply of electricity in Northwestern Ontario and was identified as a priority project by the Government of Ontario in its 2010 Long Term Energy Plan.