Peace Region Electricity Supply

What's new

Construction of the Peace Region Electricity Supply (PRES) Project is starting this summer.

Safety is our top priority. We ask hunters, trappers and recreational users to use caution along our power line route. Please watch for signs that indicate active work areas and don't hunt, shoot or set traps in areas where construction could be planned or occurring.

We're planning to build two parallel 230 kilovolt power lines between the Site C Substation that’s under construction near Fort St. John and the existing Groundbirch Substation, located about 30 km east of Chetwynd.

Electricity demand in the South Peace region is increasing, mainly driven by the gas industry. PRES will help to ensure that we can reliably provide electricity to our industrial customers who want to power their facilities with clean energy.

The transmission line route is located between the Site C Substation that's under construction near Fort St. John and the existing Groundbirch Substation, located about 30 km east of Chetwynd. The route is approximately 58 kilometres long.

PRES will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enabling customers to use clean electricity rather than fossil fuels to power their equipment and operations.

Our route is located on Provincial Crown land. In November 2017, we submitted an application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development for a statutory right-of-way for the route with a Licence of Occupation to start construction in mid-2018.

Construction will begin this summer and we expect to put the project into service in late 2021. Remediation and reclamation will continue for another one to two years after the in-service date.

  Timing
Activities
Geotechnical work Mid June 2018 to late July 2018
  • Investigating geotechnical conditions along the proposed route (note this will include some helicopter work)
Line clearing July 2018 to summer 2019  
Groundbirch Substation construction Late summer 2018 to late fall 2020
  • Site preparation (access upgrades, clearing)
  • Connecting PRES power lines into the substation
  • Civil and electrical work
  • Commissioning
Site C Substation
(230 kilovolt construction)
Summer 2018 to spring 2021
  • Construction of a new 230 kilovolt yard at the Site C Substation (which is currently under construction as part of the Site C project)
  • Connecting PRES power lines into the substation
  • Addition of two new transformers and other electrical equipment
  • Civil and electrical work
  • Commissioning
Power line construction Summer 2019 to fall 2021
  • Foundation installations
  • Structure assembly and erection
  • Stringing
  • Commissioning


We prepared a Construction Environmental Management Plan for the project. This plan includes requirements for protection of the environment, including environmental monitoring and environmental compliance auditing during construction and restoration. Activity-specific Environmental Protection Plans will also be developed.

Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback to us so far. We'll continue to work with First Nations and local communities and update you as we construct the project.