Kitimat LNG Interconnection Study

What's new

Thank you to those who participated in the online survey to provide input into this study. The result of the survey is now posted.

We're continuing to study the archaeological, environmental, and social economic impacts of the two alternative routes to inform the decision. We'll conduct further consultation before finalizing the route selection and to provide additional details about the proposed new substation site.

Why we're doing it

Liquefied natural gas is an important economic development opportunity for British Columbia. Electrifying LNG will help meet the CleanBC objective of greenhouse gas reductions and we're actively working to meet the electricity needs of proposed LNG facilities.

The Kitimat LNG Project, a joint-venture between Chevron Canada Limited and Woodside Energy International (Canada) Limited, is proposing an LNG Plant at Bish Cove. The proposal uses an all-electric plant powered by clean, renewable hydroelectricity from BC Hydro.

We're in the study phase of this interconnection to identify the best way to provide power to Kitimat LNG project.

What we're studying

To meet the needs of this proposed facility, we're looking to connect the Skeena substation in Terrace to a new proposed substation near Kitimat with a 287-kilovolt transmission line.

This interconnection study includes:

  • A new substation near existing Minette Substation in Kitimat;
  • A 287 kilovolt line from Skeena Substation in Terrace to the new substation in Kitimat;
  • A 287 kilovolt line connecting the new substation to the existing Minette Substation; and,
  • A 287 kilovolt line from the new substation to Rio Tinto Alcan.

For more information, please see the Project Map [PDF, 272 KB].

One option we're studying is reviving the previously cancelled Terrace to Kitimat Transmission Project (TKTP), which involves building a new 287 kilovolt line on the west side of the Kitimat Valley. With this option, the existing line on the east side of the valley will remain.

We'll prepare an estimate for our proposed interconnection facilities to inform Kitimat LNG's final investment decision.

Reports and documents

Survey results report – August 2020 [PDF, 285 KB]

Contact

projects@bchydro.com
604 623 4472
Toll free: 1 866 647 3334

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