The Spanish multinational corporation Abengoa, which includes companies in the domains of energy, telecommunications, transportation, and the environment, has won a a $155 million contract with Emera subsidiary NSP Maritime Link to build some 400 km of overhead power transmission lines in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. 

In Newfoundland, Abengoa will develop approximately 160km of 230kV AC lines from the Granite Canal substation to the Bottom Brook substation. Around 142km of 200kV HVDC lines will be added from Bottom Brook to Cape Ray and 23km of 5kV grounding line from Bottom Brook converter station to Indian Head.

In Nova Scotia, where the transmission portion of the project is much smaller, the company will build 46km of 200kV HVDC transmission lines from Point Aconi to the Woodbine substation and 41km of 5kV grounding line from the Woodbine converter station to Big Lorraine.

Abengoa said an average of 200 jobs will be created over the construction period, which is expected to begin in Q2 2015. The project is expected to take two years.

The $1.577 billion Maritime Link project will connect the island of Newfoundland, through a 170 km subsea cable, with Nova Scotia and the North American grid for the first time.

Swiss giant ABB is also working on the converter stations for the Link, which is scheduled for commissioning in 2017. Abengoa is based in Seville, Spain with U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Read their press release here

A random draw was made on February 27th at the IBEW First District office in Mississauga, and the following family of IBEW members will receive $1000 scholarships each toward their continuing education:

Michael CoreyLocal Union 1574, Whitehorse YT

Kali Morgan – Local Union 2351, Churchill Falls NL

Michael Methot – Local Union 37, Fredericton NB

Timothy Li – Local Union 636, Mississauga ON

Teighan Francis – Local Union 2034, Winnipeg MB

Brother Bill Daniels, International Vice President for First District offers his congratulations to these five applicants.

As per the Local 1928 property disbursement policy, the Business Manager/Financial Secretary has declared two grey, wheeled desk chairs to be surplus to the Local and is offering them up to Local 1928 members on a first-come, first-served basis. Sorry that we can't deliver. After ten days, we'll let them go a non-member who can make use of them.

The latest edition (January/February 2015) of First District's (Canada) newsletter "Coast to Coast" is available for download on the First District website (scroll down). Find out what's going on with the IBEW and the Candian labour movement. 

Neil, "Nicky," MacDonald, a lineman who worked with the various precurser companies to Nova Scotia Power and held various positions with IBEW Local 1928 including President from 1989 to 1993, passed away February 24 at the age of 66. Neil was also the line instructor at NSCC's Marconi Campus for their Utility Lineworker (ULW) program for many years, beginning in 2000, and trained many of the province's current Powerline Technicians. Condolences are extended from all of us at Local 1928 to Neil's family. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 6-9 p.m. at V.J. McGillivray Funeral Home, 380 Smith St., New Waterford. A funeral mass of celebration will take place Friday, Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Church of St. Leonard, Mount Carmel Avenue.



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