News release

BC Hydro working to meet growing electricity demand in Surrey

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro has completed construction of a new $94 million substation in Surrey to help meet increasing electricity demand in one of the fastest growing cities in the province. Demand for electricity in Surrey has increased by 28 per cent over the past ten years. It is expected to increase by another 35 per cent over the next ten years.

"Surrey continues to grow at phenomenal rate. Recently, the city announced new economic development plans that'll poise Surrey as a centre for smart technology, innovation and economic growth, including the development of a new film and television studio. All of this development requires reliable power and that's why new infrastructure, like this substation BC Hydro has built, is essential," said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines.

"The new substation will provide a safe and reliable supply of power for Surrey over the next 30 years," said Peter Fassbender, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood. "The project has already contributed to the local economy – construction created about 100 jobs and many Surrey-based companies and contractors were involved in construction."

Construction of the substation, located in Fleetwood, began in 2014. Several Surrey-based companies were involved in construction: Jacob Bros built the roads to the substation and prepared the site for construction, and Thermal Design Insulation helped with the construction of the buildings that house important electrical equipment.

"The Surrey Area substation was an important project for Jacob Bros Construction," said Scott Jacob, Principal, Jacob Bros Construction. "As a Surrey-based general contractor, the project provided the opportunity for many members of our team to work close to home through the typically slower winter construction season."

The substation will offload capacity from four existing, smaller substations that are at, or nearing, capacity and will no longer be able to deliver the additional power needed.

BC Hydro also announced it will begin upgrading the transmission network in the South Surrey area in 2017. These upgrades are required to ensure that electricity can be transported to where it is needed as the population continues to grow. The project involves replacing five kilometres of a transmission line along Highway 10 and making upgrades to two existing substations – the Nicomekl and White Rock substations.

The transmission upgrades are expected to be complete in 2018. The cost of the project is estimated at about $35 million.

"These projects in Surrey are one piece of BC Hydro's comprehensive capital plan to invest in aging infrastructure and new projects to plan for the future needs of the province," said Chris O'Riley, Deputy CEO, BC Hydro. "We're investing, more than two billion a year, over the next 10 years, in B.C.'s electricity system."

Substations are an important part of the electrical system. BC Hydro owns and operates more than 300 substations in B.C. Substations receive high voltage power from transmission lines and transform that power to a lower voltage so it can be distributed to homes and businesses.

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