Buckley Bay Substation

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Increase electricity reliability

The Buckley Bay Substation Project helps meet growing electricity needs in the Comox Valley. Load forecasts show the Comox and Puntledge substations will soon exceed capacity.

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Project background

There is a need for the new Buckley Bay Substation to 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 new 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 allow BC Hydro to keep up with load growth and increase electricity reliability with faster restoration of power should an outage occur.

What's being done

This project includes:

  • The construction of an open-air substation to be built next to existing transmission lines
  • Underground distribution circuits that will connect the substation to the existing above-ground distribution lines along Highway 19A

Substation location

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. The site selected has a low impact on the environment and the community.

Construction Schedule

Milestone Date
(subject to change)
Partial tree clearing / geotech study April to June 2011
Capital approval May 2011
Land purchase completed July 2011
Site preparation 2012 and 2013
Civil and Electrical Construction Fall/winter 2013 to summer 2014
Equipment commissioning Summer 2014
Project in service October 2014