Northwest Territories Minister of Finance J. Michael Miltenberger announced today that the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has signed a contract with Northern Lights General Partnership (Northern Lights) to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link (MVFL) project. The contract calls for construction of the fibre link, over 1,400 kilometres long, to be completed by mid-2016. The contract also includes ongoing operation of the system for a period of 20 years.
Northern Lights is a consortium comprised of Ledcor Developments Ltd., including Ledcor Technical Services, and Northwestel.
“Ledcor is proud that our joint venture with Northwestel was selected by the Government of Northwest Territories to build the first fibre link between the North American Internet backbone and the Canadian Arctic Ocean,” said Scott Lyons, COO, Ledcor LTS. “This is a historic and exciting project with many technical and logistical challenges and we look forward to commencing construction.”