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Barnard Substation

What's new

We're starting preparation work for Phase 2 – the addition of a new switchgear building in southwest corner to replace an aging feeder section. While the majority of the work will be done within the existing fence, we need to work outside of the fence in order to connect to existing underground cables, and City of Burnaby's water and sanitary lines, as well as install a new fire hydrant (see map below). All work will be done on our property.


During construction, temporary fences will be put up around the work area. Environmental mitigation will also be in place to ensure the work doesn't adversely affect downstream fish habitat.

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.

Most of the construction for Phase 2 is expected to start this fall and the project will take roughly three years to complete, with an expected in-service date of mid-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 (completed) March 2019
Phase 2 construction starts 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 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.

The surface storm water drainage will be maintained as-is. We'll be examining and refurbishing the overall storm water system to ensure there is capacity and flow rates suitable for the environment.

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 2 notification – September 2019 [PDF, 173 KB]

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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