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Bipole III Transmission Project

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

Development of Bipole III required a Class 3 license under The Environment Act (Manitoba).

Manitoba Conservation and Climate (formerly 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).

Environmental protection

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 Conservation and Climate (formerly Manitoba Sustainable Development) outlining all the mitigation measures that were indicated in the Environmental Impact Statement for the Project.

Community meetings

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®.

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