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East-West Tie Transmission   #LSN_Econ

 THUNDER BAY, ON --- Janyuary 23, 2017  (LSN)  NextBridge proposes to construct an approximately 400 km, 230 kilovolt, double-circuit AC electrical transmission line extending from the existing Hydro One Networks Inc. (Hydro One) Lakehead Transformer Station in the Municipality of Shuniah near Thunder Bay to the existing Hydro One Wawa Transformer Station near Wawa – with a connection at the Marathon Transformer Station.

The expansion involves building a new double-circuit 230 kV line from Wawa to Thunder Bay (approximately 400 km). It will also connect to the Marathon transformer station.

Upgrades at the existing Wawa, Marathon and Lakehead transformer stations will also be undertaken

The new line, in conjunction with the existing tie, will provide a total transfer capability of 650 MW into the Northwest, while respecting all applicable reliability standards

The Reference Route generally parallels an existing Hydro One transmission line corridor and has been identified as a potential route for the East-West Tie Project. The Reference Route Alternatives include possible route alternatives to avoid potentially sensitive features.
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NextBridge Infrastructure LP (NextBridge) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) Report to construct a new, approximately 446-kilometre doublecircuit
230-kilovolt (kV) transmission line connecting the Wawa Transformer Station (TS) to the Lakehead TS in the Municipality of Shuniah near Thunder Bay,
with a connection at the Marathon TS. In accordance with the Terms of Reference (ToR) approved by the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
on August 28, 2014, NextBridge has submitted the Draft EA Report to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). As part of the
submission process, interested community members, elected officials and municipal staff, agencies, property owners, interest holders, other stakeholders, and
First Nations and Métis communities are encouraged to review the Draft EA Report and submit their comments to NextBridge by February 28, 2017.

The proposed new East-West Tie Transmission Project (the Project) generally parallels an existing double-circuit 230-kV transmission line corridor (the existing
East-West Tie) but avoids some sensitive features crossed by the existing line, including Pukaskwa National Park. The preferred route is shown below.

Public Open Houses provide an opportunity to learn more about the Project. Active participation in the EA process is encouraged by contacting Project representatives with questions and comments, and by attending engagement and discussion opportunities such as public Open Houses. Infor mation on the ollowing items will be available during this round of public Open Houses: the EA and Leave To Construct processes, Draft EA review, results of background

studies and studies which took place during the EA, routing considerations and decisions to date, maps of the preferred route and preliminary transmission line access and construction areas, land and property matters and next steps in the EA process. If you are unable to attend, information presented at the public
Open Houses will also be made available at www.NextBridge.ca for review and comment.

 OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE

February 6, 2017
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thunder Bay
Current River Community Centre
450 Dewe Ave.
*Snow Day Feb. 13, 2017*
 
February 6, 2017
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Nipigon
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #32
102 Fifth St.
*Snow Day Feb. 13, 2017*
   
 
February 7, 2017
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dorion
Dorion Community Centre
175 Dorion Loop Rd.
*Snow Day Feb. 14, 2017*
 
February 7, 2017
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
White River
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #169
108 Winnipeg St.
*Snow Day Feb. 14, 2017*
   
February 8, 2017
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Marathon
Marathon Centre Mall
2 Hemlo Dr.
*Snow Day Feb. 15, 2017*
February 8, 2017
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wawa
Royal Canadian Legion Branch #429
51 Broadway Ave.
*Snow Day Feb. 15, 2017*
   
 
February 9, 2017
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Schreiber
Schreiber Recreation Centre
100 Langworthy St.
*Snow Day Feb. 16, 2017*
 
February 9, 2017
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Terrace Bay
Terrace Bay Cultural Centre
13 Selkirk Ave.
*Snow Day Feb. 16, 2017*  
   





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