South Surrey Area Reinforcement Project

South Surrey is growing and its need for electricity is increasing. To make sure we can keep meeting your power needs, we're upgrading the transmission power line that brings electricity into your community, and two substations in your area that "step down" this high-voltage power so it can be used by your homes and businesses.

What's happening?

We're currently in the planning stages of this project, which will ensure that Surrey's homes and businesses continue to have reliable electricity for years to come. We expect to start construction in early 2017 and be finished by late 2018.

This project includes:

  • replacing 5 k.m. of the transmission line along Highway 10 between 160 Street and 184 Street
  • expanding the Nicomekl Substation and installing new equipment, and
  • adding and updating equipment at the White Rock Substation

Upcoming construction activities

The SSAR project is preparing for the construction phase and we expect to start construction in early 2017. A high-level construction schedule is outlined below, subject to change.

Milestone Date

Site preparation for Nicomekl Substation upgrade

  • tree clearing
Early March 2017
(approximately two weeks)
Nicomekl Substation upgrade
  • substation expansion
  • civil construction
  • electrical construction
Spring 2017 to May 2018
Transmission line upgrade July 2017 to May 2018
White Rock Substation upgrade May 2018 to November 2018
In-service date Late November 2018


Tree clearing on the north and east sides of Nicomekl Substation will be done first to avoid bird nesting season. This way, birds are able to select other nearby trees as nesting sites. New trees will be planted in spring 2018 when work at this substation is complete.

Where is this happening?

The map below shows you where we're going to complete these system upgrades.

South Surrey Area Reinforcement map

For a larger version of the map, please download the South Surrey Area Reinforcement map [JPEG, 697 KB].

The Nicomekl Substation will be expanded onto property that we already own, and the work at White Rock Substation will be completed within the existing substation.