PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Premier Christy Clark announced the completion of the new 230-kilovolt Dawson Creek-Chetwynd Area Transmission line, to provide clean electricity, earlier today.
The new line consists of two portions running from Dawson Creek to the Chetwynd area. The first portion is a 12-kilometre stretch from the existing substation near Dawson Creek to the Bear Mountain Terminal. From Bear Mountain, the second portion stretches to the Sundance Lakes substation – 19 kilometres east of Chetwynd.
“Powering jobs for British Columbians is ‘what the Dawson Creek-Chetwynd Area Transmission line is all about,” said Premier Clark. “Before, industrial customers had to burn gas to power their facilities. The new transmission line not only makes more projects possible, it means they’ll be even cleaner.”
BC Hydro says the growth in electricity demand in the south Peace is being driven by natural gas exploration and the development in the Montney shale gas deposits.
“This line doubles the amount of power we can provide to the region. We know it’s a growing region and BC Hydro needs to be one step ahead and ensure we can get power to where it is needed most,” said BC Hydro’s president and CEO, Jessica McDonald.
“We want industry in B.C. to use clean power that comes from BC Hydro’s hydroelectric facilities.”
Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett calls electricity the ‘backbone of our economy,’ continuing on to say, “this new line will provide clean power and help to enable further economic development in the south Peace region that will create jobs and strengthen communities.”
Construction of the $296-million project began in 2013. About 11,000 residential, business and industrial customers are being served by the new line.
“This is good news for our region. It means a growing economy and more jobs. In fact, construction of the line created 100 jobs,” said Mike Bernier, MLA for Peace River South.