Big Bend Substation
Meeting the demand in Burnaby
The Big Bend area of south Burnaby is a large, growing industrial area where the demand for electricity is expected to increase by 20% over the next 10 years. The Big Bend Substation was constructed to provide an increased supply of clean, reliable electricity to the area.
The substation came into service in March 2017.
The substation site, in the heart of Big Bend, is close to existing transmission lines and distribution cables. This makes it easier for us to connect the new substation to the transmission and distribution systems and continue to meet the growing needs of our customers in the area.
The project involved building a new substation and connecting it to the existing transmission and distribution systems. Substations are the link between the BC Hydro transmission system and the distribution system.
The transmission system delivers the power from where it is generated to the substations. Voltage is reduced at substations for business and residential use, then shared through distribution lines.
Big Bend Substation includes:
- Two enclosed buildings
- Outdoor equipment
Fitting into the neighbourhood
BC Hydro worked with a professional architect, a landscape architect and the City of Burnaby to design the buildings and the surrounding landscaping and screening so that our new facility fits into development plans for the surrounding area. Take a look at our visualizations [PDF, 2.9 MB].
|SCHEDULE||DATE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
|Electrical equipment installation||Completed|
|In service||Completed March 2017|
|DOCUMENT TITLE||DATE POSTED|
|Open House invitation postcard [PDF, 1.3 MB]
|Big Bend Substation: Views from the property line [PDF, 2.9 MB]||February 2015|
|Big Bend Substation Project Fact Sheet [PDF, 1.3 MB]
|Big Bend Substation Open House - Storyboards [PDF, 2.5 MB]