East Vancouver Substation
Murrin substation was built in 1947. The substation is reaching end-of-life and needs to be replaced. We purchased property in East Vancouver for a future East Vancouver substation to replace the Murrin Substation in Chinatown.
Vancouver's downtown electrical infrastructure needs to be upgraded and expanded to meet future demand which is expected to grow by 75% over the next 30 years.
To ensure we can continue to deliver safe and reliable electricity to meet the growing demand, we reviewed a number of options, including rebuilding a new substation on the Murrin substation site.
After studying the options, we determined this isn't a viable option because it sits on seismically unstable soil. It's technically not feasible and cost prohibitive to seismically upgrade the site to appropriate levels.
Over the years, the primary need for electricity supply has also shifted away from the Murrin site, to the east as far as Nanaimo Street.
Given the uncertainty associated with purchasing a large piece of land in Vancouver, and the rapid increase in land costs, acquiring a site now for the East Vancouver substation is in the best interest of our customers.
The Murrin Substation is currently expected to be decommissioned around 2030.
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