Electricity: the Atlantic loop project begins to take shape

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Electricity: the Atlantic loop project begins to take shape

The proposed route for the Atlantic Loop would see power flow through this distribution center in Eel River, New Brunswick.

An electricity distribution line could be built from a hydroelectric dam in northern Quebec to cross all of New Brunswick into Nova Scotia as part of the electricity loop project. 'Atlantic.

The Atlantic Loop, a project estimated to cost five billion dollars, is to facilitate the transmission of hydroelectricity from Labrador and from Quebec to the eastern provinces of Canada.

A possible route of the Atlantic Loop Project, intended to facilitate the transmission of hydroelectricity in the east of the country.

It is a key part of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia's strategy to move away from fossil fuels to generate electricity .

A job posting for a Technical Advisor for the Atlantic Loop posted by the Canada Infrastructure Bank reveals a bit more about the project.

The proposed route for a section of the loop would begin at the Daniel-Johnson Dam in Quebec.

Lines that would connect the Manic-5 hydroelectric plant in Quebec and Nova Scotia via New Brunswick could be built as part of the Atlantic Loop project.

Aerial and submarine cables would carry hydroelectricity from Quebec to Eel River in northern New Brunswick. An overhead power line would link this distribution center to the one in Salisbury, near Moncton.

Another line would then leave from Salisbury to reach Onslow, Nova Scotia.

In all, more than 800 kilometers of power lines would be built, mainly in New Brunswick.

Despite the reluctance expressed recently in Nova Scotia, Canada's Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Dominic LeBlanc, believes that this impressive project will be carried out.

The [reports] that I have had from the negotiators that we have appointed as the federal government encourage me a lot, underlined Minister LeBlanc.

“I remain optimistic that we will reach an agreement, I hope in the first three months of next year, so by the end of the March 2023.”

— Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs of Canada

Madawaska-Restigouche MP René Arseneault shares his optimism.

So, we expect that to see the light of day soon, in the very short term, and it is necessary to achieve our objectives of reducing emissions. greenhouse gas emissions, says Arseneault.

However, as a spokesperson for NB Power points out, this project is still at a preliminary stage and a other route could ultimately be chosen.

Based on a report by Serge Bouchard

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