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The Big Projects in Canada

I came across ReNew Canada: The Infrastructure Renewal Magazine on someone’s desk the other day and scooped it up. In it were the top 10 projects for Canada this year (by $ value). I was impressed and amazed at some of the projects. They are

  1. Romaine Hydroelectric Complex Project(Value = $6.5 bil): An endeavour by Hydro-Quebec to build four generating stations along the Mingan area of Northeastern Quebec.
  2. Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station Restart ($5.25 bil): Currently Bruce power operates 6 reactor units and generates 20% of Ontario’s energy. This will increase to 25% when CANDU units 1 and 2 are finished in 2009.
    As an aside the Darlington Plant is set for expansion as well. Infrastructure Ontario is likely to announce a partner this spring with construction expected to start in 2012.
  3. Eastmain-1-A/Sarcelle/Rupert Project($5 bil): The plan is for Hydro-Quebec to divert the Rupert River into the Eastmain River and build a generating station at Eastmain-1 reservoir and a generating station at Sacrelle. The plan includes four dams, two diversion bays, 12,000m of diversion tunnels and two permanent access roads.
  4. Spadina Subway Expansion ($2.63 bil): The line is to extend by 8.7 km extending the subway beyond the Toronto city limits for the first time. Service is expected to commence late 2014 or early 2015.  
  5. Albert Clipper Project($2 bil): The pipeline be 1,607km, running from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin. Expected completion is 2010 with the ability to deliver 450,000 barrels of oil per day with possible expansion to 800,000 barrels per day. It will be the largest pipeline in the world spanning three provinces and four states, the 914mm pipe is Enbridge’s largest project to date.
  6. Canada Line ($2 bil):A 19km rail-based rapid transit service will connect downtown Vancouver with central Richmond.
  7. Port Mann/Highway 1 Project ($1.6 bil): A 37km widening of Highway 1 from Vancouver to the rest of British Columbia.
  8. Keephills 3 Generating Plant($1.6 bil): This 450-megawatt coal-fired generating plant that is 70km west Edmonton, Alberta is said to be doing their part for the environment by using supercritical boiler technology and high-efficiency steam turbines.
  9. Autoroute 30($1.5bil): A 42km section that will extend from Veudreuil-Dorion to Chateguay will be a south bypass to greater Montreal
  10. Edmonton Ring Road, Anthony Henday Drive NW ($1.42bil): The ring road is to the north end of the city and will be free-flow, with no major traffic lights with 8 interchanges, five flyovers, 2 rail crossings, a total of 27 bridge structures and 21 km of divided 4- to 6-lane highway.

Quebec seems to be the leader in large infrastructure updates. I find it interesting that in there is very little transit incorporated with the highway expansions. Aside from the TTC subway expansion there is no transit initiatives in the top 10. Both the new highway construction and expansions could include a transit-way. I think David Suzuki best sums it up “Essentially, it’s an old-school 1950’s style urban planning plopped into [the] twenty-first century.”

The full report for 2009 could not be found online yet but here is the link for 2008.

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