131 pylons are going to disappear from scenery

131 pylons are going to disappear from scenery
Carte fournie par Hydro-Québec.

During the next two years Hydro-Quebec is going to dismantle the Beauharnois-Aqueduct 120-kilovolts (kV) electricity transport line.

Translation Dan Rosenburg

A total of 131 pylons are going to disappear from the scenery over a distance of 20 kilometres between Beauharnois and LaSalle, passing through Chateauguay, Lery and Kahnawake.

“The project is being made concrete conforming to an agreement concluded with the Kahnawake Band Council,” Hydro-Quebec states in a communique. About half of the line is found on the reserve.

Linking the Centrale de Beauharnois to the Aqueduct station in Montreal, the 120 kV line was set up between the 1930s and 1950s. It is no longer used. Hydro-Quebec from now on is counting on the 315 kV line. A line with this feeding capacity is already functioning in the region.

“The feeding of Greater Montreal is a priority for Hydro-Quebec and the evolution plan of the network towards the 315 kV tension renders the dismantling of the 120 kV line possible,” said Marc Boucher, president of Hydro Quebec’s Trans-Energy and Equipment.

The works are foreseen to be done in two stages, from the autumn of 2020 to the fall of 2022. The first phase will consist of removing the cables. The pylons will then be taken away.

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