Merritt Area Transmission Project

Nicola Valley

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Meeting Merritt’s electricity needs for years to come

Increased growth in the Merritt area is leading to increased demand for clean and reliable electricity.

To support this economic development, including new hotels, residential subdivisions, and a resort south of the city in the Coquihalla corridor, a new transmission line and substation upgrades are required.

What's new

Construction of a new, upgraded Merritt Substation is well underway, and clearing and access road construction for the transmission line has been ongoing since May.

While conducting quality control inspections on the two transformers received in July for the new Merritt Substation, BC Hydro discovered they were both damaged and/or defective and need to be replaced. Due to the unique technical specifications and the long lead time for the manufacturing of this equipment, completion of the Merritt Substation (and overall project) will be delayed to October 2015.

The transmission line construction began in early August. As part of this work, helicopters are required in some areas along the right-of-way between the Highland and Merritt substations. These helicopters will be stringing a temporary rope line, which will be used to pull the permanent transmission line (conductors) into place. The contractor has obtained the necessary permits and permissions and is in compliance with Transport Canada requirements. Wherever possible, helicopters follow routes and schedules that minimize disturbances to residents.

Get full details of the construction schedule.

Fast facts

Where: In and around the community of Merritt, in the Nicola Valley

Timing: The proposed in-service date is 2015

Why: To meet the long-term electricity needs of the Merritt area for the next 30 years or more