American Electric Power's (AEP) transmission unit AEP Transmission Holding Co. is partnering with AltaLink LP to participate in the Alberta Electric System Operator's (AESO) competitive process to build and operate the Fort McMurray West 500-kV Transmission Project in the province of Alberta, Canada.
Owned equally by AEP Transmission Holding Co. and AltaLink LP, the joint venture will operate as Athabasca Transmission. The project will be developed under AEP Transmission Holding Co. unit Transource Energy LLC pending approval from the AESO.
Athabasca Transmission submitted its qualifications to build and operate the Fort McMurray West project in October 2013 and was selected by the AESO as one of five qualified organizations to advance and participate in the request for proposals process for the project.
Athabasca Transmission expects to submit its proposal in November 2014 to develop, design, construct, own, operate and maintain the Fort McMurray West project. Final decisions from the AESO in the competitive bid process are expected in late 2014. Fort McMurray West is the first project launched under the AESO competitive bid process.
The Fort McMurray West project is intended to increase transmission capacity within the Fort McMurray, Alberta, region to accommodate current and future electricity load growth associated with the area's large industrial operations. The project, about 311 miles in length, will include a 500-kV AC transmission line connecting the Thickwood Hills 500-kV substation in the Fort McMurray area to the Livock substation in Alberta and then to the Sunnybrook substation west of Edmonton.