Metro North Transmission Project: Port Moody / Burrard Inlet Crossing
To complete the Metro North Transmission project we're planning a new single circuit line.
Through Port Moody the new line would be added to within our existing right-of-way (the land under and around our power lines) in and adjacent to Belcarra Regional Park.
Within the right-of-way, existing lines will be consolidated onto fewer, taller poles.
Some of the existing poewr lines in this right-of-way have been in place since the 1940s and connect the Buntzen Lake generating station to the regional grid.
Crossing Burrard Inlet
The line would cross Burrard Inlet from Admiralty Point Park (at Burns Point) to BC Hydro-owned land in Burnaby south of the Barnet Highway.
The preferred route:
- Uses our existing right-of-way (the land under and around our power lines) for new 230 kV poles, eliminating the need for a third transmission crossing of the inlet.
- Considers input from First Nations, the cities of Burnaby and Port Moody, Metro Vancouver, and the federal government.
- Uses our existing property on the south side of Burrard Inlet to transition the line from overhead transmission line to underground transmission cable.
As this is an existing right-of-way way (the land under and around our power lines), any additional tree removal for this project would be to ensure that there is appropriate clearing for the safety and security of the additional line. This would include any danger or high-risk trees. Further studies are required to determine how many trees will need to be removed in this area.
We've completed initial field studies along the right-of-way way (the land under and around our power lines) within Belcarra Regional Park in 2015 and 2016 to identify fisheries, vegetation, wildlife, amphibians and archaeological requirements to inform the design, tree removal and access strategies for the project. Additional studies are planned in 2017 and 2018 as design advances.
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Metro North Transmission Project
This regional project is part of the Metro North Transmission Project that will build an additional 230 kilovolt (kV) transmission line(s) between Coquitlam and Vancouver.