Maritime Transmission Link
Proponent: ENL Maritime Link Inc.
Summary of Environmental Assessment Process
The proponent, ENL Maritime Link Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Emera Newfoundland
and Labrador Holdings Inc., is proposing to design, develop and operate the Maritime Link
Transmission Project between the Island of Newfoundland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
The transmission link is a 500 MW, +/-200 to 250 kV high voltage transmission system
that includes the following elements and associated infrastructure: transmission corridors,
subsea cables, shore grounding facilities, two converter stations and adjoining substations,
two transition compounds and other potential infrastructure as required. The three main
geographical components of the project are:
- Newfoundland component - In southwestern Newfoundland, a new
transmission line between Cape Ray and Bottom Brook along an existing
transmission corridor and Bottom Brook to Granite Canal in a combination
of existing and new corridors.
- Cabot Strait component – Crossing the Cabot Strait, two subsea cables
spanning approximately 180 kilometres from Point Aconi (or Lingan), Nova
Scotia to Cape Ray, Newfoundland (exact location to be determined).
- Nova Scotia component - In Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, a new transmission
line (approximately 50 kilometres in length) parallel to the existing
transmission corridor centerline between Point Aconi (or Lingan) and
Project construction is scheduled to begin in 2014 and first power planned for delivery in
late 2016 or early 2017.
- December 1, 2011 - The undertaking was registered.
- January 6, 2012 - Public comments are due.
- January 14, 2012 - The Minister's decision is due.
- February 8, 2012 - Environmental Preview Report Required.
- March 14, 2012 - Environmental Assessment Committee Appointed.
- October 15, 2012 - Final Guidelines Issued.
- January 17, 2013 - Environmental Assessment Report Submitted
- June 21, 2013 - The Minister announced that the project is released.
- January 23, 2014 - Environmental Protection Plan Approved.
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