Buckley Bay Substation
Increase electricity reliability
The Buckley Bay Substation Project helps meet growing electricity needs in the Comox Valley. Load forecasts show the Comox and Puntledge subtations will soon exceed capacity.
- Project background
- What's being done
- Substation location
- Construction schedule
- Buckley Bay Substation area map
There is an urgent need for the Buckley Bay Substation. This new substation will help relieve the electricity supply constraints in the area by offloading the electricity loads of Puntledge Substation in Courtenay, Comox Substation in Comox and Qualicum Beach Substation.
With the addition of the Buckley Bay Substation customers between Courtenay/Comox and Qualicum Beach and on Denman and Hornby Islands will be served by four substations. The Buckley Bay Substation will increase electricity reliability in the region and ensure fewer outages and faster restoration of power should an outage occur.
This project includes:
- The construction of an open-air substation to be built next to existing transmission lines
- A new service road from the Inland Island Highway
- Underground distribution circuits that will connect the substation to the existing above-ground distribution lines along West Island Highway
An Environmental Management Plan (EMP) will be completed for the project and environmental monitors will be on site monitoring construction activities during critical periods ensuring compliance with the EMP.
The new Buckley Bay Substation site was chosen for its proximity to existing transmission and distribution lines to meet the future load growth in the Comox Valley area. We are confident that the site selected will have a low impact on the environment and the community.
Other sites considered
(subject to change)
|Partial tree clearing / geotech study||April to June 2011|
|Capital approval||May 2011|
|Land purchase completed||July 2011|
|Site preparation||January to June 2012|
|Construction||June 2012 to September 2013|
|Equipment commissioning||August 2013 to October 2013|
|Project in service||October 2013|