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Hatch provides construction management for one of BC Hydro’s largest projects

March 26, 2012

Hatch has been retained by BC Hydro to provide Construction Program Management (CPM) services for BC Hydro’s Interior to Lower Mainland (ILM) 500 kV Project in British Columbia.

The ILM project is the largest transmission project undertaken by BC Hydro in the last twenty years. It will expand the capacity of the transmission system that brings generated power from the north and southern Interior of the province to the load centre in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. The project includes brownfield modifications to two terminal substations at Nicola, near Merritt, and Meridian in Coquitlam, and a greenfield series capacitor substation at Ruby Creek, near Harrison Hot Springs. The transmission line is approximately 250 km long, traverses some of BC’s rugged Coastal Range mountain terrain, and rises to an elevation of nearly 6000 feet.

The project was subject to years of preliminary studies, stakeholder consultation, regulatory review and approvals, legal challenges, and First Nations consultation and negotiation, before receiving approval to proceed by the BC Utilities Commission at the end of September 2011. Construction is scheduled to begin in early in 2012, and the service date is forecasted for the end of January 2015.

Hatch will oversee the execution of the work, and assist BC Hydro in integrating the new line, designated 5L083, into the British Columbia transmission network. Hatch’s services are being delivered from a main project office located in BC Hydro’s offices in Vancouver, and a site office located adjacent to the transmission line design build contractor’s offices, close to the transmission line corridor, in Chilliwack.

The 500 kV line will be designed and built by outside contractors. The series capacitor station is being procured on a design-supply-install basis. Modifications to the two terminal substations will be executed as construction contracts, with engineering and equipment procurement undertaken by BC Hydro.

Some of the ILM team’s principals will also participate in the CPM of the Northwest Transmission Line Project, the 287-kV line being built to service Northwestern BC, and which is eagerly anticipated by BC’s mining and independent power communities.

The NTL and ILM projects will assist BC Hydro as pathfinder projects in implementing a new integrated project and portfolio management process for executing and managing capital projects across the organization.

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