Transmission and Substation EPC Projects

Client: AltaLink
Completion Date: 2017
Location: Alberta, Canada


Burns & McDonnell Canada is providing engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a range of high-voltage transmission line and substation projects throughout the province of Alberta, Canada, under a five-year contract with AltaLink LP. Based in Calgary, Alberta, AltaLink employs 700 people and owns and operates the electrical transmission system serving approximately 85 percent of the province's residents.

Over 20 active projects include:

  • 86 miles of 240-kV transmission lines
  • 61 miles of 138-kV transmission lines
  • 240-kV: New construction; greenfield and brownfield; ROW; lattice and tubular steel
  • 138-kV: New construction and rebuild; greenfield and brownfield; ROW; tubular steel and wood pole

The projects are determined by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) based on need assessments and permitting approvals. The projects address power demands from industry development and emerging areas of population growth. The projects also assist in integrating new generation from wind resource areas into the provincial grid. The contract includes a five-year option for additional project support following completion of the initial five-year contract in 2017.

Burns & McDonnell maintains a Calgary office as it works with provincial and Canadian suppliers and contractors on various projects. Albertan and Canadian suppliers and contractors are prequalified based on qualifications, safety, and quality performance.

Our team has extensive experience in power transmission project development including regional planning in various ISO/RTOs throughout North America, routing and permitting, land acquisition, community and stakeholder relations, and finance support. This experience complements its traditional project engineering, procurement services, quality control/assurance, schedule control, cost control constructability process reviews, risk management, construction management and other construction services including testing and commissioning.


  • Program management
  • Cost controls
  • Document controls
  • Scheduling
  • Safety
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Planning
  • Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction management