BC Hydro crews are busy in the area updating lines and adding a transformer at the substation.

BC Hydro busy with upgrades

BC Hydro crews are putting the finishing touches on a set of upgrades around Smithers at a cost of $3.005 million.

They’ve been at it for weeks, but the end is near as BC Hydro crews put the finishing touches on a set of upgrades around Smithers at a cost of $3.005 million.

The in service date for the project is Nov. 22, 2012.

The project, Smithers Substation Upgrade, includes three specific upgrades in and around the substation located on 19th Avenue, Dave Mosure, community relations co-ordinator with BC Hydro, explained.

“We’re doing them together to minimize impact on residents and businesses in the area,” Mosure said.

One project is replacing the egress lines at the substation.

An important purpose of this project is to improve safety for BC Hydro workers.

“The lines exiting the substation are quite congested,” Mosure said.

To make things safer, several of the lines are being placed underground in cement tubes, a process called duct banking.

“It will make it safer as a work environment for the crews and will provide ease of expansion as Smithers continues to grow,” Mosure said.

The second project involves the addition of another transformer in the substation.

The additional transformer, Mosure explained, eases the load on the current transformers and again facilitates future expansion.

Growth in the electric load from Smithers is about 1 per cent a year, Mosure said.

The largest of the three projects is the upgrade to the feeder line east of the substation that leaves town, crosses the river and goes into the regional district.

Prior to the upgrade, the line occasionally had loads of 104 per cent of its capacity.

“That’s not good for the equipment,” Mosure said.

The upgrade, Mosure explained, involves twinning, adding additional lines to taller poles.

 

 

Just Posted

Story of Wet’suwet’en Chief Alfred Joseph being told

Song of the Earth on Chief Gisday’wa will be launched in Hagwilget

Telkwa holds the line on mill rates

Telkwa taxes to remain steady, but water and sewer rates are going up

Terrace death not considered suspicious at this time: RCMP

Body of 49-year-old man was found in wooded area near Olson Ave. March 22

Highway 16 Action Plan driving progress

Safety, connectivity main goals of scheme presented to Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

Houston woman gets two years for aggravated assault

Ewald pleads guilty; trial of co-accused Calvin Dyrland begins in Smithers court

The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new services

The announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service

UPDATED: Three dead in Surrey crash: police

Single-vehicle crash occurred around 10:30 a.m., police remain on-scene

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Coroner’s inquest announced for Victoria teen’s overdose death

Elliot Eurchuk was 16 years old when he died of an opioid overdose at his Oak Bay home

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

Sailings cancelled after BC Ferries boat hits Langdale terminal

The Queen of Surrey is stuck on the dock, causing delays to Horseshoe Bay trips

Most Read