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Northern Pass exec: Project would tap NH construction businesses

May 01. 2017 1:14PM

CONCORD - Steel, drilling equipment and lattice towers would be brought into New Hampshire to build the proposed Northern Pass transmission project, according to a witness Monday.

But the $1.6 billion proposed project, which would bring hydropower from Canada into New England, also would tap Granite State businesses.

“Transporting heavy equipment is very expensive, so excavators, bulldozers, dump trucks, all that will be locally sourced as much as possible to contain costs,” Samuel Johnson, lead project manager for Northern Pass, told a state panel considering the project.

Needed concrete also would come “almost entirely” from within the state, Johnson said.

The state Site Evaluation Committee has added hearing dates, extending the last scheduled date from July 21 to Aug. 3. The project needs several state and federal permits before it could start operating in late 2019 or early 2020.

Testimony Monday also dealt with traffic and road impacts during construction.

Northern Pass officials said they are willing to work with towns to restore any damaged local roads.

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