​North Montney transmission line proposed

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BC Hydro is looking to extend its transmission infrastructure in the North Montney to electrify industrial development in the region.

The utility says its North Montney Region Electrification study proposes the construction of 100 to 200-kilometre long, 230 kilovolt transmission line from either the GM Shrum substation at the WAC Bennett Dam, or the new Site C substation, to a new substation near Wonowon.

he study will support the province’s CleanBC plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 60% by 2040, the utility says.

“The North Montney region is seeing considerable development due to its large natural gas reserves and other large industrial operations are also considering locating in this region,” wrote stakeholder lead Johnson Lee in a July 30 letter to the City of Fort St. John.

“While a number of industrial operations have expressed interest in electricity service from BC Hydro, the absence of transmission infrastructure in this region is a barrier to electrification.”

Two transmission corridors are being studied, and the exact route and substation location will be determined in consultation with First Nations and potential customers, Lee wrote. The utility is still identifying those potential customers, he said.

–– Alaska Highway News