Last Friday, BC Hydro announced the completion of the $32 million Buckley Bay substation, which will help meet the growing electricity needs of the Comox Valley.
This will provide reliable power to help enable economic growth and residential development.
“We are all interested in power reliability and this new substation, located much closer to the southern Comox Valley community, and near Denman and Hornby Islands, will provide a more robust electrical system. A third substation in our Valley gives us more flexibility,” said Don McRae, Comox Valley MLA.
The project, which took four years to build, involved the construction of a new outdoor substation next to existing transmission lines located beside Highway 19. There was an additional $11.5 million investment to connect the substation to the local electricity distribution system.
Local contractors and workers were involved in the project, including companies like Houle Electric, Tower Fence Products Ltd. and Lafarge Courtenay.