MONTREAL—TransCanada Corp. has signed a major deal with industrial giant ABB for 22 “multi-million dollar” electrical houses to secure safe, reliable and energy efficient power distribution for pump stations along the Energy East Pipeline.
The electrical houses are expected to be manufactured at a new production facility in the greater Montreal region. The agreement to manufacture the ‘e-houses’ will create up to 120 jobs in Québec and a further 90 spin-off jobs outside of the greater Montreal area.
The order is conditional on TransCanada receiving regulatory approvals for the construction of the project.
“This agreement demonstrates our ongoing commitment to hire local suppliers to safely build this piece of national energy infrastructure and support job creation in Québec,” said John Soini, president, Energy East Pipeline Project.
“ABB has a more than 60 year history of e-house innovation. We are pleased to have been able to work closely with TransCanada on an innovative, integrated e-house concept with a much smaller footprint,” said Nathalie Pilon, Managing Director for ABB in Canada.
E-houses are prefabricated, modular, outdoor enclosures that house critical electrical and automation equipment required to power pump stations. They have been custom-designed to TransCanada’s requirements to have a lifetime of more than 30 years and withstand extreme cold and snow conditions.
Pump stations produce the pressure needed to transport crude oil through pipelines.