Quanta Services, Inc. announced that SaskPower has selected Valard Construction, a Quanta Services company, to install transmission infrastructure for the Island Falls to Key Lake Transmission Line Project. Under the terms of the contract, Valard will build approximately 186 mi (300 km) of 230-kV transmission line in northern Saskatchewan. The project scope includes foundation construction, installation of approximately 900 transmission towers, wire stringing and related project management.

"Growing economic development in northern Saskatchewan has created an increased need for power. SaskPower is investing in its electricity system to ensure it meets the power needs for our region, today and in the future," said Robert Watson, president and chief executive officer of SaskPower.

To minimize environmental impact, the route of the new transmission line will parallel an existing SaskPower transmission line. Valard has initiated engineering activities and the project is expected to be complete in the spring of 2015. Once in service, the new transmission line should increase reliability and provide infrastructure to meet the growing demand for power in northern Saskatchewan.

"Valard enjoys a strong working relationship with SaskPower, and we are eager to leverage our knowledge of the region, experience and resources on another initiative to strengthen the region's electric power infrastructure," said Jim O'Neil, president and chief executive officer of Quanta Services. "With the largest highly skilled and mobile power infrastructure workforce in Canada, we anticipate another safe and successful project."

"Valard opened a corporate office in Saskatoon last year as part of our ongoing commitment to Saskatchewan," said Adam Budzinski, president of Valard. "We look forward to constructing the Island Falls to Key Lake project and participating in the exciting growth of the province."