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REPORTING · 18th March 2014
Walter McFarlane
BC Hydro held an open house in Kitimat on Thursday, March 13 on the topic of replacing the lines from Kitimat to Terrace. The lines are 50 years old.

“They’ve reached the end of their life, we’ve had problems in maintaining it, so we now need to replace our existing transmission line with a new transmission line. Tonight, we’re presenting the various options that we’ve identified to do that work, and we’re trying to gather some public input into our decision process so we can make a decision with what we’re going to do later this year,” said Robert Smith.

They can replace the existing transmission line with a single transmission line and there are two options for a route. They can build a new line along the east side of the Kitimat Valley next to the current transmission line, or they could build a new transmission line down the west side of the Kitimat Valley in a new route.

Each of the routes has its pros and cons. The west side is a shorter rout but requires more access roads because it is not along the highway. The Eastern Rout is longer and has difficult terrain, but all the access roads are already there.

“We have to build a new transmission line before we can take the old one down because we have to maintain the power link between Terrace and Kitimat and it will take two to three years to build a new transmission line,” said Smith.

The new line will meet the power requirements for all of the growth which is coming up in Kitimat. Regardless of whether or not the projects are going to go ahead, they are going to build the new line.

If you missed this event and would like to give input into the decision, go to www.bchydro.com/tkt.