What's Being Done
From Merritt to Coquitlam
The new 500 kilovolt (kV) line will parallel an existing 500 kV line for the majority of the route and is mostly along an existing right-of-way (ROW).
A new transmission line, from Merritt area to Coquitlam
When the existing line was constructed in the 1970s, additional right-of-way (ROW) was acquired at that time in anticipation of future growth. Approximately 74 kilometre (km) of the line will require new right-of-way, while about 60 km will require widening of the existing right-of-way.
The ILM Project includes:
- A new 247 km long transmission line between two existing BC Hydro electrical substations — Nicola Substation near Merritt and Meridian Substation in Coquitlam
- A new capacitor station at Ruby Creek near Agassiz on BC Hydro-owned property
- Associated improvements at the Nicola and Meridian substations