Bipole III Transmission Line
Bipole III is a high voltage direct current transmission line that delivers renewable energy to southern Manitoba, helping to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Completed in July 2018, Bipole III strengthens the reliability and security of Manitoba’s electricity supply.
Bipole III starts at the Keewatinohk converter station near Gillam in northern Manitoba. It travels 1,388 km south to end at the Riel Converter Station in the RM of Springfield.
View materials created for the Bipole III Transmission Project:
Regulatory approval & filings
Manitoba Sustainable Development granted Environment Act Licence No. 3055 to Manitoba Hydro on August 14, 2013 for the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Bipole III Transmission Project. Read the Clean Environment Commission (CEC) report.
The project’s environmental assessment included an engagement process and identification of potential impacts and mitigation measures. It is documented in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
July - September 2012
On August 8, 2012, Manitoba Hydro filed a supplementary report on caribou with the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission and Manitoba Sustainable Development in support of the Bipole III Environmental Impact Statement.
Supplemental Caribou Technical Report August 2012.
On July 31, 2012, Manitoba Hydro filed supplementary materials with the Manitoba Clean Environment Commission and Manitoba Sustainable Development in support of the Bipole III Environmental Impact Statement.
Bipole III Environmental Impact Statement Supplemental Material - July 2012. (PDF, 10 MB)
August 28, 2012, Environment Act Licence for Keewatinoow Lagoon received by Manitoba Sustainable Development (PDF, 6.2 MB)
September 12, 2012 filings - supplemental materials at the request of the Clean Environment Commission.
On January 28, 2013, we submitted a supplemental assessment report on 3 route adjustments to Manitoba Sustainable Development. The report outlined the environmental assessment undertaken at the request of Manitoba Sustainable Development for the 3 route adjustments and was the focus of review at the Clean Environment Commission Public Hearings that were held in early March 2013.
On February 19, 2013, we filed the following supplemental material with Manitoba Sustainable Development:
- Additional Meeting Notes (PDF, 78 KB);
- Wuskwi Sipihk Traditional Land Use and Occupancy Report (PDF, 246 KB).
The Environmental Protection Program (EPP) for the Bipole III Project prescribed mitigation and protection measures to avoid and reduce potential environmental and social effects.
As part of the regulatory review, a table (PDF, 862 KB) was submitted to the Clean Environment Commission and to Manitoba Sustainable Development outlining all the mitigation measures that were indicated in the Environmental Impact Statement for the Project.
Discussions regarding monitoring and mitigation are ongoing. Methods of engagement and summaries of information from meeting minutes with communities were published on the public registry.
GIS data – project infrastructure for download
This zip file contains spatial files in ESRI Shapefile format of the permanent project infrastructure. They are viewable using geographic information system software. We recommend extracting the files to your computer, rather than opening them online. The .kml file will allow you to view the route(s) with software such as Google Earth®.