Brief: Worker killed while building transmission line for 695-MW Keeyask Generating Station

An employee of Forbes Brothers Ltd., a contractor working for Manitoba Hydro, was killed on the job Jan. 18.

Forbes Brothers is building the transmission line that will carry electricity from the 695-MW Keeyask Generating Station, currently under construction, to the existing Radisson Converter Station near Gillam.

Manitoba Hydro says the accident took place at a marshaling yard near the 1,340-MW Limestone Generating Station on the lower Nelson River.

“Our thoughts and condolences go out to the workers’ family,” said Kelvin Shepherd, president and chief executive officer of Manitoba Hydro. “This is a very sad and tragic incident.”

Representatives from Manitoba Workplace Safety and Health are investigating, and Shepherd says “Counseling has been made available to all contractor and Manitoba Hydro employees who were on site at the time of the accident.”

Keeyask, on the Nelson River, has been under construction since July 2014. The first unit is anticipated to enter service in August 2021, and total cost to build this project is US$7 billion. It will be the province’s fourth largest generating station when complete and is expected to produce 4,400 GWh of electricity annually.

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