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Manitoba-Minnesota power line project begins ahead of schedule

Work on the cross-border project is expected to be complete by next June.
Work on the cross-border project is expected to be complete by next June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

A $453-million Manitoba-Minnesota power transmission project has started ahead of schedule.

In June, Ottawa approved the line — which stretches from a point northwest of Winnipeg across the United States border — as long as Manitoba Hydro could meet certain conditions.

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Hydro spokesperson Bruce Owen says conditions relating to Indigenous communities and groups impacted by the project have been met.

He says the Crown corporation received approval for an accelerated construction schedule last week.

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Owen adds that concrete foundations are to be built and ground clearing is to begin in September.

He says the project is scheduled to be up and running next June.

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