February 10, 2015

ILM transmission line nearing completion
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February 10, 2015
This week, we take a look at the new Interior to Lower Mainland Transmission line under construction between Merritt and Coquitlam. The line is one of the biggest projects underway in B.C., and requires crews to assemble massive steel towers using helicopters – check out a great video of the crews in action from Global TV. Last week, Premier Christy Clark announced that BC Hydro will build a new transmission line in the Okanagan. The new line will strengthen the transmission network to deliver power reliably to the communities of West Kelowna, Westside and Peachland. The existing 138-kilovolt line travels through rugged terrain to serve the region, and a second line will increase reliability and help meet growing demand. And our crews in the north faced incredible winter conditions near Kitimat last week: working to restore power after almost two metres of snow fell.
One of B.C.’s biggest construction projects is almost done

One of B.C.'s biggest construction projects is almost done

To build the 247-kilometre, 500-kilovolt Interior to Lower Mainland transmission line crews have to use helicopters to raise massive steel towers over rugged terrain, rail lines and highways. This video from Global News has more. Once complete, the new line will carry enough power for 80,000 homes.

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New transmission line will increase reliability, support growth

New transmission line will increase reliability, support growth

More than 60,000 residents in the West Kelowna region will be supported by the additional reliability offered by a second transmission line. Premier Clark announced the new line on February 5, as part of plan to provide dependable power. Growth in the region is projected to be as much as 18 per cent over the next ten years.
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Crews face almost two metres of snow in Kitimat

Crews face almost two metres of snow in Kitimat

Crews in northern B.C worked to restore power after a severe storm knocked out power to the Kitimat and Terrace region. Almost two metres of snow fell, toppling trees and power lines. Blocked roads and continuing snowfall created additional challenges for crews working to get power back on.
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Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Crews faced incredibly difficult winter conditions and almost two metres of snow in Kitimat this week after a blizzard hit the region. To restore power, crews repaired fallen lines, removed trees and replaced poles like this one, broken off near the base.
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