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Video showcases work on new project powering B.C.

Imagine if your office was on top of a transmission tower, on top of a mountain

Visit almost any city in the Lower Mainland, and you’ll see evidence of growing electricity demand. It’s taking the shape of new condo developments, business development and infrastructure expansion. Picture the new civic centre in New Westminster, the construction of the Evergreen Skytrain Line or the rapidly growing population in Surrey.

A growing population and growing economic demand add up to one thing: the need for more electricity. In fact, over the next 20 years, the Lower Mainland will need about 20 to 40 per cent more electricity than it does today.

The Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project will help meet that growing demand, by increasing the capacity of the essential transmission system that brings power from dams in the north and southern Interior of B.C. to the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. Those power lines need to go all the way to places like Mica and Revelstoke Dams to keep the lights on in downtown Vancouver and across the Lower Mainland.

Bringing power across mountains, rivers and the rest of British Columbia’s rugged terrain is no easy task. It takes helicopters, large crews, and – on the Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission Project alone - an amount of steel equivalent to the weight of more than 1,600 killer whales.

A new video shows you just how it’s being done.