Under the terms of the contract, Valard will install about 310 miles of 500-kV high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line between the Edmonton and Calgary regions.
Increasing demand for electricity in southern and central Alberta is expected to exceed the capacity of the 240-kV transmission system currently delivering power to the area.
Valard has initiated preconstruction activities on the project and construction activities are expected to begin immediately. Valard is responsible for all construction aspects of the project including foundation construction, tower assembly and erection, and conductor stringing. The EATL transmission line is expected to be complete by the end of 2014.
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Valard Construction is Quanta Services' largest operating unit in Canada. Valard is a full-service engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor, skilled in providing turnkey solutions for power system requirements throughout Canada. Valard was founded in 1978 and comprises a workforce of 1,400 trades-related people and an experienced management team.
Quanta Services is a contracting services company, delivering infrastructure solutions for the electric power and natural gas and pipeline industries. Quanta's services include designing, installing, repairing and maintaining network infrastructure.