Strait of Canso

Posted at 10:20 am on December 12, 2017

Nova Scotia Power’s final construction phase for its project over the Strait of Canso is on hold. Transmission towers have been erected aimed at increasing hydroelectricity travelling from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia and to help the province meet its 2020 deadline for a 40 per cent renewable energy plan.

The current work involves installing high voltage electrical cables that will link the six new transmission towers. The first step is to install a pilot line to guide the installation of the electric line. Nova Scotia Power officials say on Sunday one of the pilot lines fell to the ground and the water below as it was being pulled to the next tower. No one was hurt, and risk mitigation measures were in place to protect everyone on site.

Line installation has been stopped to review how the incident occurred and take appropriate measures to resume work.

Marine traffic restrictions remain in place until the pilot line has been secured and removed. That is expected to be happen in the next day or two; marine restrictions will be lifted once work resumes.

Posted at 10:45 am on December 8, 2017

Nova Scotia Power is on their final construction phase for their project over the Strait of Canso. Towers were erected in effort to increase hydroelectricity travelling from Newfoundland to Nova Scotia and to help meet the 2020 deadline for a 40% reneweable energy plan in the province.

Spokesperson for Nova Scotia Power, Tiffany Chase says the final step for the towers is the installation of high voltage cables that will link the six new towers. As a result of this, Chase says that marine traffic only will be affected, and only for a short period of time.

Vessels intending to travel through this area should contact the onsite standby vessel or the Canso Lock, and proceed with caution through the area.

Posted at 1:04 pm on October 27, 2017

Nova Scotia power will be using a helicopter to complete assembly of six new transmission towers across the Canso Strait. Brief traffic stops will be required on the Trans-Canada Highway at Aulds Cove to allow safe navigation of the helicopter carrying the tower components. Traffic stops will be a few minutes in duration, a few times daily over the next two weeks.
Traffic control personnel will be on-site to ensure safe travel through the area during this work. The new transmission line will provide an important back-up power source between Cape Breton and the Mainland, as well as enable additional hydroelectricity to flow from Newfoundland and Labrador as part of the Maritime Link.