The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is using an open competition to identify the party who will develop, design, build, finance, own, operate and maintain the Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project. This project will consist of about 310 miles of transmission line and associated facilities between the Edmonton and Fort McMurray regions.
The AESO was mandated by the government of Alberta to develop a competitive process and to have that process approved by the provincial electricity regulator, the Alberta Utilities Commission. The AESO received the approval from the regulator on February 14, 2013.
The first stage of the competitive process, the request for expressions of interest, will help generate interest in the project. This will be followed by a request for qualifications stage, which is intended to shortlist up to five proponents to advance to the request for proposals stage. At the request for proposals, the final stage, the qualified proponent who can undertake the project at the lowest cost will be identified.