WINNIPEG, Dec. 1, 2016 /CNW/ - Fifty years ago, on December 1, 1966, Templeton, Shawinigan and Montreal Engineering came together to form Teshmont Consultants Incorporated. Their purpose: to help Manitoba Hydro develop an energy transmission system, the size and scope of which had never been built before. At 895 km, this project, named Bipole I, was to be the world's longest and highest voltage HVDC system, making Manitoba self-sufficient in renewable, reliable electricity while enabling the supply of over 1850 megawatts of hydroelectric power. The project was so successful that, upon its completion, the company stayed together, and, in the 50 years since it began, Teshmont has gone on to change the landscape of power transmission the world over. Over the past 5 decades, Teshmont has provided engineering services on some of the world's largest high voltage AC and high voltage DC (HVDC) systems in existence and served more than 300 clients in over 40 countries around the world. In the 1970s the firm was involved in developing the first blueprints for power system development in India. In the 1980s to '90s, they helped China plan and develop their national power system, which included the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower station. Teshmont was also heavily involved in supporting the Itaipu Dam in Brazil, named a Wonder of the Modern World.