Mining Suppliers Welcome Federal Approval of Northwest Power Line


Vancouver – The Mining Suppliers Association of British Columbia (MSABC) welcomes the federal government’s approval of the Northwest Transmission Line Project. On May 6, 2011 Infrastructure Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced the completion of their Environmental Assessment and their decision to allow the project to proceed, noting that it “is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”

“We would like to thank the federal authorities for their hard work to reach a timely decision on this project,” said Terry Mulligan, President & CEO of MSABC. “This decision clears the way for the commencement of construction and the creation of hundreds of new jobs,” added Mulligan. BC Hydro predicts that construction of the power line will create an estimated 280 jobs.

At least six mining projects with completed bankable feasibility studies stand to benefit from access to this transmission line. “Imperial Metals is already working on permitting to ensure their Red Chris project can be connected once the Northwest Transmission Line is complete,” said Mulligan. “This project and other planned projects will create thousands of jobs for the companies that supply mining operations in B.C.”

MSABC comprises suppliers, contractors and consultants to the B.C. mining industry who are committed to promoting the sustainability of this valuable resource sector.




For more information please contact MSABC at 604-681-4321 (Ext: 104) or by email