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$1.8-million line would link Ontario to Manitoba.

$1.8-million line would link Ontario to Manitoba

Environmental and engineering studies will soon be undertaken for a proposed Ontario Hydro transmission line in Northern Ontario that would carry electricity generated in Manitoba.

The Ontario portion of the line is expected to cost approximately $1.8 billion.

Bill Morrison, a vice-president with the utility, said last month that the line would assist in the reliable supply of electricity to Ontario at an attractive price.

Morrison said an agreement to purchase the power from Manitoba was signed last year.

The idea for the transmission line was contained in the utility's demand/supply proposals which were created to meet the expected growth in the province's need for more electricity.

According to Ontario Hydro, the line would allow for 1,000 megawatts of electricity to be transmitted annually for 22 years. The first transmissions are expected to take place in the year 2000.

The line, when complete, would run from the Ontario-Manitoba border to either of two final destinations, Timmins or Sault Ste. Marie. It would then tie in with existing transmission lines running to southern Ontario.

Ontario Hydro expects the study, which will also contain alternative routes and locations for new transformer stations, to be completed by mid-1991 and the environmental assessment submitted to the provincial government by the end of the same year.

The $13-billion agreement with Manitoba was signed in December of last year. According to Hydro, Ontario will pay about 3.7 cents per kilowatt-hour (1989 dollars) over the life of the agreement.
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Date:Nov 1, 1990
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