Camosun Substation Upgrade Project

What's new

Construction begins in January 2019

At the end of December 2018 we wrapped up site preparation work that included preparing the substation grounds, soil replacement work inside the substation, a new access gate to the substation, widening the trail entrance of Crown Street, and the realignment of the northwest trail to W. King Edward Avenue.

We've started setting up equipment and supplies for the project. Once mobilized, construction of the upgrades at the substation will begin.

Photo of a realigned trail north of the Camosun Substation
Realigned trail north of the substation (additional vegetation work is planned towards the end of the project).

The substation is located in a residential area beside Pacific Spirit Regional Park and serves over 23,500 homes and businesses west of Blenheim Street.

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Activity Timing
Design of substation upgrade Ongoing
Site preparation and set up for project December 2018
Construction mobilization and set up January 2019
Project in service 2021


We'll be expanding the operations of the substation onto the vacant space inside the existing perimeter fence on the west side of the property. The project will include:

  • Replacing several old components and adding new equipment (including new circuit breakers and two transformers) within the substation fence.
  • Constructing a new building on the northeast corner of the substation to house new electrical equipment.
  • Replacing two steel structures located along the trail adjacent to the northeast corner of the substation with wood poles.
  • Re-routing some above-ground electric connections in and out of the substation.
  • Replacing the existing perimeter chain-link fence.
Camosun Substation Upgrade Project

Camosun Substation is an integral part of our electricity system that serves the Lower Mainland. Built in the 1960s, some components are reaching end-of-life and need replacement. At the same time, the upgrades are being made to support the growing community at the University of British Columbia's Vancouver campus and to improve safety for our workers that maintain the system.

Reports and documents

Project introduction – March 2018 [PDF, 205 KB]

Trail Construction Notice – July 2018 [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Contact information

projects@bchydro.com
604 623 4472