​BC Hydro awards Site C transmission line contract

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Allteck Line Contractors has been awarded a $113-million contract to build the Site C transmission line, BC Hydro announced Wednesday.

The two 75-kilometre, 500-kilovolt lines will be built on an existing right-of-way between the Peace Canyon generating station and the planned Site C substation.

The transmission lines will deliver power generated at the dam to other areas of the province, BC Hydro said in its announcement.

Work is expected to start this summer and be completed in 2023, according to BC Hydro. Allteck has signed a labour agreement with the IBEW Local 258, with 130 workers on the project expected at the peak on construction in 2019.

Allteck, headquartered in Burnaby and with offices in Dawson Creek, has worked on the Vancouver Island Transmission Reinforcement project and the Okanagan Transmission Reinforcement project, according to BC Hydro.

Earlier this year, BC Hydro said it had suspended logging activities in the transmission line corridor ahead of an injunction hearing set for this summer, where the West Moberly First Nation will ask the courts to stop work on Site C entirely until its claim for treaty rights infringement can be settled at trial.

The logging work was taking place in old growth forest in three critical areas to the First Nation, including Trappers Lake, Sucker Lake, and the Peace Moberly Tract.

In February, BC Hydro said it had agreed to suspend its work until Oct. 1 or until the court rules on the injunction, in an effort to protect those areas and resolve issues with the First Nation.

It’s unclear how the work suspension will affect transmission line construction.

A spokesperson for the Site C project was not immediately available for comment.

— Alaska Highway News