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New West Kelowna transmission line could cost $100 million

B.C. Hydro chair Brad Bennett addressed Kelowna's Chamber of Commerce Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
March 16, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KELOWNA - The chair of B.C. Hydro has put a price on the new transmission line planned for West Kelowna.

Speaking at a Kelowna Chamber of Commerce luncheon yesterday, March 15, Brad Bennett said the new line is expected to cost around $100 million.

Bennett touched briefly on the project in West Kelowna to provide redundant transmission service.

Still in its late planning stages, the project's earliest completion date is set for 2020. 

Nearly 22,000 West Kelowna residents were without power for nine hours as a result of a fire on top of a power pole in October 2014 on the only transmission line from Merritt to Shannon Lake which supplies electricity to all of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Peachland and parts of Summerland.

The new transmission line will not replace the current one, but rather act as a backup. 

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