Big Bend Substation

Meeting the demand in Burnaby

The Big Bend area of south Burnaby is a large, growing industrial area where the demand for electricity is expected to increase by 20% over the next 10 years. The Big Bend Substation was constructed to provide an increased supply of clean, reliable electricity to the area.

The substation came into service in March 2017.

The substation site, in the heart of Big Bend, is close to existing transmission lines and distribution cables. This makes it easier for us to connect the new substation to the transmission and distribution systems and continue to meet the growing needs of our customers in the area.

Some of the equipment at the Big Bend substation.
Some of the equipment at the Big Bend substation.

The project involved building a new substation and connecting it to the existing transmission and distribution systems. Substations are the link between the BC Hydro transmission system and the distribution system.

The transmission system delivers the power from where it is generated to the substations. Voltage is reduced at substations for business and residential use, then shared through distribution lines.

Learn more about how substations work.

Big Bend Substation includes:

  • Two enclosed buildings
  • Outdoor equipment

Fitting into the neighbourhood

BC Hydro worked with a professional architect, a landscape architect and the City of Burnaby to design the buildings and the surrounding landscaping and screening so that our new facility fits into development plans for the surrounding area. Take a look at our visualizations [PDF, 2.9 MB].

Milestone dates

Site preparation Completed
Foundation work Completed
Electrical equipment installation Completed
In service Completed March 2017

Project documents

Open House invitation postcard [PDF, 1.3 MB]
May 2016
Big Bend Substation: Views from the property line [PDF, 2.9 MB] February 2015
Big Bend Substation Project Fact Sheet [PDF, 1.3 MB]
March 2014
Big Bend Substation Open House - Storyboards [PDF, 2.5 MB]
March 2014