The selected route, which extends 262 km, crosses two administrative regions : Côte-Nord and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean. It also crosses tracts of land claimed by the Innu communities of Pessamit, Essipit and Mashteuiatsh. Close to 90% of the route is located on public land.
The line route between Micoua substation and Saguenay substation was developed by taking into account technical and environmental constraints as well as the concerns expressed by the community during the public participation process.
Our decision to select this route was based on an environmental process involving the following steps:
- Describe the environment.
- Analyze the technical and environmental constraints as well as the sensitive elements.
- Develop a route and route variants.
- Select a line route.
- Assess the impacts.
- Identify appropriate mitigation measures.
- Agree on follow-ups to conduct once the new equipment has been commissioned.
All these steps, which were carried out in collaboration with the host community, helped us design the project and modify it based on regional realities.
During the construction of the line, Hydro-Québec will monitor the work to ensure all the commitments and proposed mitigation measures are implemented on site.
In the years following the construction of the line, the company will conduct a follow-up to assess the project’s real impact on certain sensitive elements in the community and verify the effectiveness of the mitigation measures, which can be modified as required.