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The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is initiating a process that will enable companies to participate in an open competition to develop the new 500 kV Fort McMurray West transmission project.

The new infrastructure will consist of approximately 500 km of transmission line and associated equipment between the Edmonton and Fort McMurray regions.

"The introduction of this competition into the transmission industry is a very important and exciting milestone," says David Erickson, AESO's president and CEO. "Over the next 20 years, our province is going to require double the amount of generation capacity that exists on our system today. We need to have a robust and reliable transmission system in place to ensure that investment, market access and economic development are not compromised. The competitive process will assist in putting downward pressure on transmission costs as we expand the transmission system."

The first stage of the process will be the issuance of a request for expressions of interest, followed by a request for qualifications stage that will whittle down the list of proponents to advance to the request for proposals stage.

For more information about the competitive process, click HERE.

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