Barnard Substation

What's new

We have completed the site preparation for the addition of a relay building in the northern part of the substation. Construction for the relay building will begin around mid-September 2017.

Barnard Substation is located at the intersection of Gaglardi Way and Como Lake Avenue to the west of Burquitlam area near the Burnaby and Coquitlam border.

The first phase construction began September 2017. This work was completed on the northern section of the substation. The civil construction for relay building began September 2017 and is scheduled to complete around February 2018.

We're still doing more planning for Phase 2 (new switchgear building and associated equipment). The expected timeframe for Phase 2 to start construction is approximately fall 2019 for a completion date of early 2022.

Activity Timing
Site preparation Summer 2017
Relay building construction September 2017 to February 2018
Equipment installation and electrical work April 2018 to February 2019
Testing and commissioning February 2019 to April 2019
Phase 1 in-service date June 2019
Phase 2 planning Fall 2019
Completion date 2022 (estimated)

To meet the growing demand for electricity in Burnaby, we're upgrading the Barnard substation, located in Burnaby near Gaglardi Way. The scope of work includes:

Phase 1

  • Replace existing relay buildings with a new relay building in the northern 60 kV section of the substation.
  • Replace old circuit breakers, end-of-life protection, control, and metering equipment.

Phase 2

  • Construct a new building on south west corner of the building and install indoor insulated switchgear to replace existing aging outdoor feeder section.
  • Install underground duct bank connecting to the new feeders and control building.
  • Install associated control and telecom equipment.
  • Remove existing feeder section after load has been transferred.

Upon completion, we'll remove old buildings and restore any ground disturbance.

In Phase 2, there will be trenching on the southwest corner of the substation to connect to:

  • Existing underground distribution.
  • Burnaby city services such as water and sewer.

Drainage to avoid surface water draining into nearby creeks, as requested by the City of Burnaby.

This upgrade will provide increased reliability to the electrical system and address near end-of-life equipment. Upgrades to the substation from oil-filled equipment of the 1950s to new modern equipment will increase safety for our workers and the public. This upgrade will also prepare for future growth in the area and allow homes, businesses, and industries to continue to grow.

There are over 36,000 customers connected to this substation and this upgrade will add infrastructure to support electricity demand in the area for the next 20 years.

Reports & documents

Project Phase 1 notification – September 2017 [PDF, 162 KB]

Project factsheet – March 2017 [PDF, 1.6 MB]

Project notification letter – November 2016 [PDF, 128 KB]

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