Northwest Transmission Line Project

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Ranking for 2013: 84

Industry Sector: Energy

Specific Sector: Transmission

Range: $500,000,000 - $1 billion

Project Value: $525,000,000

Federal: $130 million

Provincial: $215 million

Government Funds Involved: Green Infrastructure Fund: $130 million

Funding Source: Public

Location: North of Prince Rupert, near Bob Quinn Lake, British Columbia

Estimated End Date of Substantial Completion:

LEED: N/A


The 344 km, 287 kV Northwest Transmission Line connects the Skeena Substation, near Terrace, to a new substation at Bob Quinn Lake. Its aim is to supply power to upcoming industrial developments and remote communities currently off the grid, as well as to transmit power from local generation projects.

In particular, the line will connect Altagas’s Forrest Kerr Run-of-River Hydroelectric Project into the wider grid. Altagas, which recently entered into a purchase agreement with BC Hydro, is helping to fund the transmission line and has also reached an impact benefit agreement with the Tahltan Nation.

Clearing and road access work began in 2012. The project is expected to be complete by spring of 2014.


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