One of BC Hydro’s largest projects on Vancouver Island is nearing it’s end in the Alberni Valley.
Since 2013 crews have been working to upgrade the Great Central Lake and Long Beach substations, that help provide power to communities on Vancouver Island’s west coast.
A number of people involved in the $56 million project came together to celebrate Friday, now that the new substations are operational and have capacity for future growth.
BC Hydro spokesperson Stephen Watson says the project will provide “reliable power and allow for economic growth on the west coast.”
The communities include Ahousaht, Tofino, Ucluelet and Salmon Beach. At a projected 1-2% electricity demand increase per year the new substations are expected to be sufficient for at least 30 years.
“It’s on time. It’s on budget and we’ve had good community support,” says Watson. “It’s a good day to celebrate it.”
“The team really came together,” says BC Hydro project manager Charles Young. “There were challenges, unexpected events and a mix of BC Hydro crews and contract resources. They really came together and rose to those challenges as we went along.”