The Canadian National Energy Board has received an application from New Brunswick Power Corporation to construct a 345 kV international power line from Point Lepreau, New Brunswick to the US border near Woodland, Maine. The estimated cost of the project is $40 million and New Brunswick Power proposes to commence construction in the Spring of 2002.

The cross-border link would be about 95 kilometres (59 miles) in length and would run west from the Point Lepreau Peninsula through the counties of Saint John and Charlotte in New Brunswick.

The proposed Canadian transmission line would connect to a 135 kilometre (84 mile) 345 kV line in the US, proposed to be constructed by Bangor Hydro-Electric Company. This would run from Woodland to Orrington, Maine. Bangor Hydro-Electric Company, which serves the central and eastern Maine region, is concurrently seeking state and federal approvals for the US portion of the project.

The National Energy Board’s (NEB) aims to promote safety,environmental protection and economic efficiency in the Canadian public interest within the mandate set by Parliament in the regulation of pipelines, energy development and trade. The NEB controls the construction and operation of interprovincial and international pipelines, the tolls and tariffs of interprovincial and international pipelines, the construction and the operation of international power lines as well as exports and imports of oil, gas and electricity.