South Fraser Transmission Relocation
As a bridge is planned, our transmission line needs to be relocated
In September 2013, the Province of B.C. announced that the George Massey Tunnel will be replaced with a new bridge. As one of our transmission lines runs through the tunnel, we need to relocate it. This transmission line is a critical part of our network, supplying power to tens of thousands of customers in Richmond, Delta and other parts of the Lower Mainland.
An overhead transmission line crossing the Fraser River will ensure we maintain a reliable power supply for our customers in the surrounding area and provides the following benefits:
- A high level of public and worker safety during construction and operation.
- A high level of reliability in your area, as it's easily maintained and repaired.
- Low construction risks.
- Low impact to the environment.
- Cost-efficient to build, with a long in-service life.
The selection of an overhead transmission line was based on study results, feedback gathered through public consultation, and meetings with local governments and First Nations.
Most of the work for the overhead transmission line can be done within existing provincial and BC Hydro rights-of-way.
We're starting the next stage of work in approved rights-of-way in Richmond and on Deas Island [PDF, 71 KB] to prepare for the relocation of our transmission line [PDF, 276 KB] out of the George Massey Tunnel. We'll continue to provide updates as we move forward with this project.