Birtle Transmission Project

Transmission towers line a snowy road near the Birdtail River.

The Birtle Transmission Project crossing the Birdtail River along PTH 568.

Enlarge image: Transmission towers line a snowy road near the Birdtail River.

The Birtle Transmission Project included construction of a 230-kV transmission line from Birtle Station, south of the community of Birtle, to the Manitoba–Saskatchewan border. Construction began in July 2020 and completed in March 2021. The line was energized March 29, 2021 to begin transmitting power to Saskatchewan.

The project received a Class 2 Development Licence (Licence #3314) under The Environment Act (Manitoba) on January 14, 2020.

SaskPower is responsible for the portion of the transmission line in Saskatchewan that will connect to their station in Tantallon, SK.

Transmission line routing process

Input received through the engagement and environmental assessment processes assisted in determining the final preferred route for the project. The transmission line routing process considers how well routes balance potential effects to human, technical and natural environments from the start to the end point. Data gathering, on the ground fieldwork, and the input of numerous technical specialists, the public, Indigenous communities/organizations, and stakeholders was taken into account when determining the final placement of the transmission line.

Schedule

  • Public and Indigenous engagement, and environmental assessment: fall 2016 to spring 2017 (completed);
  • Environmental Assessment: fall 2016 to late 2017 (completed);
  • Environmental assessment filing: early 2018 (completed);
  • Construction start: July 2020 (completed);
  • In-service: spring 2021 (completed).

Comment sheets, newsletters, and storyboards presented at open houses and to interested parties are available in the document library.

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