Energy expansion project planned for South Peace

Photo: Project Manager Brooke Dutka, left, and Community Relations Specialist Lesley Wood outline the proposed transmission line at the Peace River Regional District board meeting on Thursday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.ca

 

 

 

By Christine Rumleskie

The BC Transmission Corporation is planning a major project in the South Peace.

Representatives from the crown corporation met with the Peace River Regional District board in Dawson Creek on Thursday afternoon.

BCTC Project Manager Brooke Dutka and Community Relations Specialist Lesley Wood said the anticipated 200 million dollar project would add a new transmission line from Chetwynd to Dawson Creek.

Dutka says the increased supply is needed due to a rapidly-growing oil and gas industry in and around Dawson Creek.

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The BCTC will begin its consultation process on the project sometime in the spring.

In the meantime, the corporation will continue to investigate other options, including expansions to the existing Bear Mountain and the Dawson Creek stations.

Now, the proposed project isn’t going to benefit the District of Tumbler Ridge, which has a history of extensive power outages due to substation failures.

Wood says both BC Hydro and the BCTC met with the Mayor and Council, and established an agreement to help prevent future outages.

BC Hydro has promised to work with Tumbler Ridge to find emergency equipment so it doesn’t have to be shipped from out of town in the case of an outage. Wood says the BCTC will be installing a new generator either this year or the next, which will keep equipment at a good operating temperature.

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If and when the transmission line is awarded all of its regulatory permits, the project will be complete and in service by 2013.