BC Hydro receives 62-tonne transformer

The 62-tonne transformer is parked at the Fort St. John Substation

In relation to a $27-million project to upgrade the Fort St. John Substation, BC Hydro received a 62-tonne transformer Friday.

The transformer will service customers in Fort St. John, Taylor and much of the North Peace area. It is expected to be moved inside the station on Tuesday.

The project, which totals $27-million, began in mid-2014 and is set to be completed in November 2016. Other aspects of project include the installation of one new 75MVA, 138/25 kilovolt transformer; the installation of two new 25 kilovolt feeder positions; the addition of new 138 kilovolt circuit breakers and voltage transformers (which are nearing the end of their lives); the replacement of old, obsolete protection and control equipment; and the completion of an expansion to the existing substation yard and control room.

In a press release, BC Hydro said that they anticipate the overall electricity demand in the North Peace region to grow by 27 per cent by 2024.

Similar upgrades to substations are taking place across the province as BC Hydro plans on investing an average of $2.4-billion a year over the next 10 years to similar upgrades. The investment marks one of the largest advancements in electrical infrastructure in the province’s history.

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