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Niagara Tunnel Project reaches “construction milestone”


January 19, 2012
By Alyssa Dalton

January 19, 2012 – Half of the Niagara Tunnel is now fully lined with concrete—a “significant construction milestone” in the ongoing Niagara Tunnel Project, according to the Ontario government. When it is finished, the concrete lining will ensure the efficient and uninterrupted flow of Niagara River water through the 10.2 km tunnel to the Sir Adam Beck generating stations for the next 100 years, it said.

Described as one of the largest renewable energy projects of its kind, the Niagara Tunnel will supply renewable electricity to power 160,000 homes, it added.

“The Niagara tunnel is an investment in our future that will provide Ontario with clean, renewable energy for more than 100 years,” said Tom Mitchell, president of Ontario Power Generation. “What’s equally impressive is that the men and women who are building this project have worked safely under extremely difficult and challenging conditions. That’s a testimony to the quality and skill of Ontario’s workforce.”

The project currently employs more than 400 individuals, and is slated for completion in 2013.