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ATCO Electric has chosen Valard Construction, a Quanta Services company, to install transmission infrastructure for the Eastern Alberta Transmission Line (EATL) project. Valard will install approximately 310 miles of 500 kV high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) lines between Edmonton and Calgary.

"Increasing demand for electricity in southern and central Alberta is expected to exceed the capacity of the 240-kilovolt transmission system currently delivering power to the area," says Jim O'Neil, president and CEO of Quanta Services. "The Eastern Alberta Transmission Line is a critical transmission infrastructure project designed to improve grid reliability now and in the future."

Valard has already initiated pre-construction activities on the project, and construction activities are expected to begin immediately. Valard is responsible for all construction aspects of the project, including foundation construction, tower assembly and erection, and conductor stringing.

The EATL project is expected to be complete by the end of next year.

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