Peace Region Electricity Supply

Electric power transmission lines over a remote area

What's new

The Peace Region Electricity Supply (PRES) Project is in service, ahead of schedule and within budget.

The PRES Project was placed into service in May 2021 ahead of the planned October 2021 in-service date and within budget.

PRES increases the capacity of the transmission system that supplies the South Peace Region and improves service reliability. It helps ensure that we can reliably provide electricity to our industrial customers who want to power their facilities with clean energy. This will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by enabling customers to use clean electricity rather than fossil fuels to power their equipment and operations.

The Project includes:

  • two parallel 230 kilovolt power lines between the Site C Substation near Fort St. John and Groundbirch Substation, located about 30 km east of Chetwynd
  • an expansion of the Groundbirch Substation and
  • a 230 kilovolt (kV) yard at the Site C Southbank Substation.

Project construction involved:

  • 49 kilometers of new roads
  • 22 kilometers of road upgrades.
  • 569 transmission structures over 58 kilometers
  • Installation of over 1200 foundations

As part of the PRES Project, we have been working with B.C. Treaty 8 First Nations to incorporate Indigenous interests into project design and the development of mitigation to minimize environmental impacts and protect culturally significant areas.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback to us during Project planning and construction or who adjusted your activities in consideration of our construction activities. You have helped us successfully complete this important Project.

What’s Next?

Remediation and reclamation will continue along the transmission line route for another one to two years.

Safety continues to be our top priority. We ask hunters, trappers, and recreational and other 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 remediation or reclamation could be planned or is occurring.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Contact

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