Technical Tour 1

Riel Converter Station

October 6, 2017 - Manitoba Hydro’s Riel Converter Station Technical Visit and Tour

  • Pre-registered tour participants check in starting at 08:00 a.m.
  • RBC Convention Centre Southeast concourse
  • Conference I.D. badge is required
  • Shuttle buses will depart from RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, starting at 08:30 a.m.
  • Luggage or backpacks will not be permitted on the bus
  • Footwear suitable for uneven surfaces should be worn
  • Shuttle buses will return to RBC Convention Centre for 1:00 p.m. 

Bipole III Transmission Project

Bipole III is a high voltage direct current transmission project under construction in Manitoba that will deliver renewable energy to southern Manitoba and the United States. Once completed in 2018, Bipole III will strengthen reliability and security of Manitoba’s electricity supply by reducing dependency on existing high voltage direct current transmission lines and the Dorsey Converter Station. Manitoba Hydro currently relies on HVDC transmission to deliver over 70 percent of the electricity produced in the province.

The Bipole III transmission project involves the construction of:

  • a +/-500 kV HVDC transmission line linking the northern power generating complex on the Lower Nelson River with the conversion and delivery system in southern Manitoba;
  • two new converter stations; one in northern Manitoba northeast of Gillam (Keewatinohk), and one at the Riel Station site east of Winnipeg;
  • two ground electrodes;
  • additional 230 kV transmission line interconnections in the north to tie the new converter station into the existing northern AC system;
  • four synchronous condensers at Riel Station rated at 250 MVAr each.

For more information on Manitoba Hydro’s Bipole III project please visit:


  • All guests must carry a visitor pass and adhere to visitor restrictions and access limitations throughout the tour.

Riel Converter Station construction as of May 30, 2017.

Conceptual drawing of DC Switchyard

Conceptual drawing of VH62

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