BC Hydro investing $6 billion in capital projects

first_imgThe second of BC Hydro’s major undertakings outlined is termed the Dawson Creek/Chetwynd Area Transmission (DCAT) Project.The project is expected to double the area’s electrical capability through several components, including constructing a substation east of Chetwynd and by increasing the Bear Mountain Terminal into a complete substation.This project is expected to cost between $150 and $250 million and should be completed by the Fall of 2013. B.C. Hydro has unveiled several capital investment projects it plans to carry out over the next few years and which have a combined $6 billion price tag.The power authority plans to carry out more than 10 projects across the province, including two in the Peace River region.The first of the projects in the Peace includes a $500 million project done in eight parts at the Gordon M. Shrum (GMS) Generating Station beside the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, which began generating power in 1968.- Advertisement -Since the generating station is more than 40 years-old, one of the subprojects involves replacing five of the station’s turbines. Hydro officials say the turbine replacement will have the ability to generate more electricity each year without an increase in water usage. They say the 177 gigawatt hours increase per year can provide power to 1,500 additional homes.The eight subprojects, together, at the Shrum GMS Station are expected to be completed by 2017.Advertisementlast_img read more

Hospital strike settled

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Service workers at California Pacific Medical Center ratified a new contract Friday, ending a nearly two-month strike. Leaders of the local Service Employees International Union said 97 percent of members approved the tentative contract agreement, reached Thursday. About 800 employees – mostly cafeteria workers, housekeepers and nurses’ assistants who do not interact directly with patients – walked off the job Sept. 13 after contract negotiations broke down. Thea Lavin, spokeswoman for SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West, said the new contract addressed the union’s key issues, including new rules for union organizing and more funding for employee training. The contract also allows workers to submit their staffing concerns to a third-party arbitrator, empowered to make a binding decision. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Terms of the agreement with California Pacific are similar those in other hospital contracts that union leaders called “industry standard” in a statement released Friday. “The agreement reached today is a win-win for everyone – firstly, and most important, for our patients and our community – but also our employees, CPMC, and the union,” Dr. Martin Brotman, California Pacific’s chief executive officer, said in a statement Thursday. The new contract would expire in June 2008. Members are expected to return to work on Tuesday, union leaders said.last_img read more