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The transmission line will leave from Hydro-Québec’s Hertel station in La Prairie and connect to a converter station in Queens, NY

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SNC-Lavalin will be the prime contractor for the portion of the Champlain Hudson Power Express (CHPE) transmission line project located in the United States, the engineering firm announced this week.

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The 545-kilometre underground power line, the majority of which will be located underwater, is considered a major project for Hydro-Québec and will allow for the delivery of 10.4 terawatt hours of electricity per year to New York City.

Under the service contract announced Thursday, SNC-Lavalin will provide technical supervision and co-ordination for the design of the cables and the converter station in the United States, the Montreal-based company said.

The transmission line will leave from Hydro-Québec’s Hertel station in La Prairie and will cross the American border under Lake Champlain. It will then travel south to connect to a converter station in Astoria, Queens, NY

According to SNC-Lavalin CEO Ian Edwards, this mandate allows the engineering firm to increase its footprint in the United States, one of its main markets, and demonstrates its commitment and ability “to offer solutions to achieve carbon neutrality to the market” and to its client.

Construction is expected to begin this summer in the United States. In Quebec, construction of the line could begin in the spring of 2023, Hydro-Québec said earlier this month, but it is still subject to examination by the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement (BAPE).

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