Power line completion celebrated today (Terrace Standard)
THE OFFICIAL completion of BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line was recognized today with a plaque unveiled at the crown corporation’s Skeena Substation, Kilometre 0 of the line which stretches 344 kilometres north of Terrace to a newly-built substation at Bob Quinn.
The $746 million 287 kilovolt line was energized last month with the goal of providing stable and affordable power to mining and other developments and to transmit power into the provincial grid from power projects in the region.
Calgary-based AtlaGas is the first customer for the line by feeding power into it from its Forrest Kerr run-of-river project along the Iskut River, the first and largest of three such projects owned by the company.
“We are pleased to announce that we have safely commissioned and energized the largest construction project in our history,” said AltaGas chair and CEO David Cornhill in a recent release.
The first customer to take power from the line is to be Imperial Metals of Vancouver for its Red Chris copper mine which is now being commissioned.
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