The main network forms an “O” loop with lines of 345 kV. This power line passes through substations in Keswick, Saint-André, Eel River, Belledune, Bathurst, Salisbury, Norton, Coleson Cove, Point Lepreau and back to Keswick.  There is also a direct connection of a 345 kV parallel line between Coleson Cove and Keswick. Ross Galbraith, a spokesman for Local 37 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, said he had tried to get details of the preliminary agreement for two weeks, but no one provided any. Union lawyer Ron Pink says there is nothing in the agreement that can legally guarantee compliance with existing collective agreements. FREDERICTON – The proposed sale of the New Brunswick energy company to Hydro-Québec is teeming with questions about labour relations and job security, the union representing more than 2,200 NB Power employees said Friday. On October 29, 2009, the premiers of New Brunswick and Quebec signed a letter of intent to sell most of NB Power`s assets to Hydro-Québec.  This agreement was reached after nine months of negotiations at The request of New Brunswick and would have transferred most of the New Brunswick distribution company`s production, transmission and distribution facilities to a subsidiary of The Quebec Corporation, including the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant and 7 hydroelectric plants, but would have excluded the Dalhousie, Belledune and Coleson Cove fossil fuel plants.  In the early 1970s, the NBEPC signed a series of supply contracts with New England dealers that justified the construction of its largest power plant in 1972. With three 335 MW facilities, the oil-powered Coleson Cove Generating Station was completed in January 1977. However, the 1973 oil shock increased the operation of thermal facilities, with oil prices increasing from $3 to $37 per barrel between 1973 and 1982. The company, renamed NB Power / Nergie NB at the time, had to explore other production possibilities.  In 2019, the company was severely criticized for investing $13 million in Florida-based Joi Scientific, which has promised to supply hydrogen-based energy from seawater with 200% efficiency. Critics say their promised effectiveness was contrary to the First Law of Thermodynamics.  During a phone call with investors in the summer of 2019, Joi Scientific announced that its technology may only be 10% as efficient as the one described above, meaning that their process consumes energy instead of producing it.  The company also announced that funding would be scarce.  Joi Scientific`s technology was described by a former collaborator as based on the work of discredited inventor Stanley Meyer.  But Premier Shawn Graham touted the deal as a blessing for the New Brunswickers and said he would free the province from a large financial albatross, freeze electricity prices for residents and reduce them for industrial customers.
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