Construction costs for electric utility distribution systems in Canada fell 0.8% in 2013 from 2012, led by 3.4% decline in costs for labor, 1% for construction indirects: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA , April 3, 2014 (press release) – Construction costs for the electric utility distribution systems decreased 0.8% in 2013 compared with the 2012 annual index. Lower costs for labour (-3.4%) and construction indirects (-1.0%), which includes engineering (-1.1%) and administration and overheads (-1.0%), were the major contributors to the decrease of the index.

In 2013, construction costs for the transmission line systems slightly increased, by 0.1%, while the transmission lines component decreased 0.9%, largely as a result of a decrease in installation labour costs (-3.4%). The substations component increased 0.7%, led by a 1.2% increase in station equipment costs.

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