Canada-based Atco Electric has energized a new 240kV transmission line in the Peace River area in northwest Alberta.

The Wesley Creek to Meikle transmission project completes phase II of the three-phase Northwest Transmission Development Project.

Phase II of the project also included upgrades to the existing substations in Wesley Creek and Hotchkiss, and construction of the new switching substation in Meikle.

Phase I, which included the construction of a 226km 240kV line from Brintnell to Wesley Creek, was completed earlier this year, and Phase III, which includes the development of a 144kV transmission line from Arcenciel to Ring Creek is in the consultation phase.

The need for the new facilities was identified by the Alberta Electric System Operator and was approved in 2006 by the Alberta Utilities Commission.

Atco Electric started construction of the new transmission line and substations in 2008.