Power line pushing into northern B.C.

VICTORIA — B.C.’s electricity grid is being extended with a 335 kilometer high-voltage power line into its remote northwest region, with a $158 million contribution from companies developing a gold and copper mine.

The line is expected to cost $400 million, extending from Skeena substation near Terrace to a new substation at Bob Quinn Lake, on the Stewart-Cassiar highway. NovaGold Resources and Teck Cominco have approval to run a power line to their new Galore Creek mine in the region, and they have opted to contribute to the larger project instead.

Premier Gordon Campbell and Energy Minister Richard Neufeld announced the project at an Asia-Pacific mining conference in Vancouver.

Campbell said the line would open up the region to development and help remote communities replace diesel generators with a clean and steady power source.

— Black Press

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