The Pikangikum Power Line Project is a 117km power line connecting the community of Pikangikum First Nation to the Ontario Power Grid at Red Lake, Ontario. The project is being built due to the urgent power supply needs in Pikangikum First Nation, which is currently serviced by diesel generators that are at capacity and prone to frequent and sometimes prolonged outages.  This project is being developed by Wataynikaneyap Power.  Wataynikaneyap Power is a licensed transmission partnership equally owned by 22 First Nation communities, including Pikangikum First Nation and Fortis Inc.  Wataynikaneyap Power PM Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of FortisOntario Inc., acts as project manager.  PowerTel Utilities Contractors Ltd. is acting as the General Contractor for the Project.

This site, along with the Project’s Facebook Page, will provide ongoing updates and information on the Project. 

Activities for the Week of August 19-25


  • Operating with 1 ground framing crews, 2 pole setting crews/Rock boring, 1 Anchor testing crew, 1 Steel pole assembly/Erection crew
  • Preparing all stringing set-ups
  • Stringing OPGW rope and wire
  • Sagging conductor
  • Dead-Ending conductor
  • Clipping in conductor
  • Delivering travellers and materials to structures
  • Rock boring holes for pole setting on the 115kV
  • Installing anchors on the 115kV corridor
  • Installing rig mats in areas of concern
  • Installing Micro Pile Foundations on the 115kV
  • Receiving 115kV materials
  • Receiving poles for the 115kV
  • Performing orientations for PowerTel employees and sub-contractors
  • Health and Safety team on site
  • Environmental team on site overseeing all construction activities
  • Continue building of all-weather road to substation
  • Plan and organize for upcoming work activities
  • Hiring of more First Nations community members


  • Mobilizing to site to begin substation civil work


  • Building all weather road to substation
  • Floating PowerTel’s equipment
  • Supplying aggregate for pole foundations


  • Operating the man camp

First Nation’s Timber

  • Currently on turn around

EBS Geostructural Inc.

  • Continue micro pile installation