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138 kV Kingsvale transmission line energised in British Columbia [free access]

September 17, 2020

The 138 kV Kingsvale electricity transmission line, south of Meritt in the Nicola Valley, British Columbia has recently been energised. The power line will now be operated and maintained by the partners, Lower Nicola Indian Band Development Corporation (LNIBDC) and Valard Construction LP (Valard)—Canada’s premier utility contractor.


In March 2020, British Columbia-based Trans Mountain Corporation and Valard had entered into a partnership with LNIBDC to build, own, operate and maintain (BOOM) the power line that will run through the latter’s traditional territory.

 

The 15-mile (24-km) transmission line will connect from BC Hydro’s distribution line and provide additional power to Trans Mountain’s existing Kingsvale pump station as well as a new Kingsvale pump station, as part of the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. The latter includes the expansion of Canadian crude oil production capacity and involves installing approximately 980 km of new pipeline, new and modified facilities including pump stations and terminals, and a new dock complex at the Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, British Columbia.

 

This 138 kV project is the first electricity transmission line to be constructed, majority-owned, operated, maintained and financed by an Indigenous group in Canada. The project is expected to provide valuable economic benefits to the Lower Nicola Indian Band— an Indigenous First Nations government located in the Central Interior region of British Columbia.