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PG to Terrace transmission line upgrades could lead to HWY 16 growth: BC Hydro President

“What we are hearing from customers is that there is a lot of growth potential.”
That’s from BC Hydro President and CEO Chris O’Riley as the crown corporation embarks on a 36 billion dollar investment for community and regional infrastructure projects within the next decade.
Among them is a plan to twin the 500,000-volt hydro transmission line from Prince George to Terrace. The project includes an upgrade to install three capacitor stations to add 500 megawatts and boost capacity by 60 per cent is already underway.
Minister of Energy and Mines Josie Osborne (left), with BC Hydro President Chris O’Riley during BC Natural Resources Forum in PG. Photo supplied by Brendan Pawliw, MyPGNow.com staff
Given the strong feedback from customers, stakeholders and Indigenous communities along the Highway 16 corridor, O’Riley stated at the BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George yesterday (Wednesday), it didn’t take much convincing to get the ball rolling.
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“It’s worth doing given the corridor. There are some tremendous resources to be developed along the way there – there are port facilities and expansion that are under consideration, it’s really a national corridor for Canada
“Given the port (of Prince Rupert) and the access to Asia, we think it is worth making that investment. As I said, we desire to do that as a partnership with First Nations – we are proposing a joint ownership model with First Nations and they seem quite keen on that so we are trying to make that happen.”
O’Riley believes that once the transmission line is twinned, it will likely open up the floodgates for smaller communities to launch their own projects.
“What we are hearing from customers is that there is a lot of growth potential. We have a lot of customers there already and the potential for more. I think it is an exciting time for that part of the province.”
“I think what we saw from the expression of interest (at least year’s Natural Resources Forum) is interest in projects down the corridor including further on into Prince Rupert and Kitimat and north into Terrace – there is a lot of potential development, which is a big positive for communities along the way.”
However, O’Riley noted even with the transmission line upgrades from PG to Terrace on the horizon, there are still some logistical challenges that need to be sorted out regarding Fortescue’s 2-billion dollar green hydrogen plant, that is being proposed in Prince George.
Currently, the crown corporation, provincial government and Fortescue are in discussions to bring this project to the finish line.
He stated more work needs to be done to make the hydrogen plant a reality.
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“It’s a lot of electricity. We need to work with the customer and try and find ways that we can make that happen. I do not want to pre-judge that work today – I think we need to let that work happen.”
The Fortescue plant will require 1,000 mega-watts of clean electricity in order to run
The BC Natural Resources Forum enters its final day tomorrow (Thursday), wrapping up late in the afternoon.

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Canfor to reduce reliance on natural gas with hydrogen power project in Prince George, B.C. – CBC.ca

British Columbia’s premier says Prince George is one step closer to being a hub of clean power with the announcement of a new hydrogen project at a local pulp mill.But David Eby also acknowledged the province will have to significantly increase its electricity production if it plans to capitalize on global demand for hydrogen power.The premier made the comments at the announcement of a new project in Prince George being led by Chilliwack-based Teralta Hydrogen Solutions.According to Teralta CEO Simon Pickup, the company will take byproduct hydrogen from Chemtrade Logistics’ sodium chlorate plant in Prince George and refine them for use as hydrogen power at a nearby pulp and paper mill run by Canfor.Once finished, Pickup said, the project should reduce the mill’s natural gas use by as much as 25 per cent, and showcase “a new model for making hydrogen actually viable for industrial users.”Eby said the project is one of many in the province aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels.”Today is yet another demonstration that resource workers in our province are on the front lines of fighting climate change,” Eby said.”We have seen that right here in Prince George with company’s visiting from around the world to court Prince George for hydrogen export.”International interest in regionEby said his government is projecting the global hydrogen power market will reach $87 billion by 2030 and B.C. is currently home to 19 hydrogen export project proposals.The hope, he said, is that hydrogen will be a low-emission alternative to fossil fuels in Canada as well as Asia and other international markets.To that end, B.C. has created a hydrogen strategy and invested $150,000 to help Prince George develop a plan for being a provincial “hydrogen hub.”WATCH | Is green hydrogen really eco-friendly?Is green hydrogen really eco-friendly?12 months agoDuration 5:58Green hydrogen has been labelled as one solution for Canada to meet its net zero goal by 2050. CBC’s Frances Willick finds out if green hydrogen is really better for the environment.The city is already home to several projects and proposals, including a hydrogen refuelling station for heavy-duty trucks and a proposed $5-billion hydrogen project from Mitsubishi north of the city, and interest from Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest in a $2-billion hydrogen and ammonia production plant through his company, Fortescue.Electrical grid challengesHowever, there is a challenge for all these projects: They rely on B.C.’s electrical grid for power at a time when the province has already had to import power due to drought while also pushing forward with plans to get more people using electric cars and electric-powered heat pumps.Eby acknowledged these problems during Tuesday’s press conference, saying his government is in talks with Fortescue about the power needed for its proposed project, which would be about 1,000 megawatts, or roughly equivalent to the production capacity of the Site C dam, which is set to come online next year after nearly a decade of construction.He said he directed B.C. Hydro to create a task force aimed at fast-tracking more power production so the province doesn’t have to turn away potential investment and the jobs that could come with them.”There are huge economic opportunities available to us if we can expand our electrical grid,” he said.

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PG to Terrace transmission line upgrades could lead to HWY 16 growth: BC Hydro President

“What we are hearing from customers is that there is a lot of growth potential.”
That’s from BC Hydro President and CEO Chris O’Riley as the crown corporation embarks on a 36 billion dollar investment for community and regional infrastructure projects within the next decade.
Among them is a plan to twin the 500,000-volt hydro transmission line from Prince George to Terrace. The project includes an upgrade to install three capacitor stations to add 500 megawatts and boost capacity by 60 per cent is already underway.
Minister of Energy and Mines Josie Osborne (left), with BC Hydro President Chris O’Riley during BC Natural Resources Forum in PG. Photo supplied by Brendan Pawliw, MyPGNow.com staff
Given the strong feedback from customers, stakeholders and Indigenous communities along the Highway 16 corridor, O’Riley stated at the BC Natural Resources Forum in Prince George yesterday (Wednesday), it didn’t take much convincing to get the ball rolling.
– Advertisement –

“It’s worth doing given the corridor. There are some tremendous resources to be developed along the way there – there are port facilities and expansion that are under consideration, it’s really a national corridor for Canada
“Given the port (of Prince Rupert) and the access to Asia, we think it is worth making that investment. As I said, we desire to do that as a partnership with First Nations – we are proposing a joint ownership model with First Nations and they seem quite keen on that so we are trying to make that happen.”
O’Riley believes that once the transmission line is twinned, it will likely open up the floodgates for smaller communities to launch their own projects.
“What we are hearing from customers is that there is a lot of growth potential. We have a lot of customers there already and the potential for more. I think it is an exciting time for that part of the province.”
“I think what we saw from the expression of interest (at least year’s Natural Resources Forum) is interest in projects down the corridor including further on into Prince Rupert and Kitimat and north into Terrace – there is a lot of potential development, which is a big positive for communities along the way.”
However, O’Riley noted even with the transmission line upgrades from PG to Terrace on the horizon, there are still some logistical challenges that need to be sorted out regarding Fortescue’s 2-billion dollar green hydrogen plant, that is being proposed in Prince George.
Currently, the crown corporation, provincial government and Fortescue are in discussions to bring this project to the finish line.
He stated more work needs to be done to make the hydrogen plant a reality.
– Advertisement –

“It’s a lot of electricity. We need to work with the customer and try and find ways that we can make that happen. I do not want to pre-judge that work today – I think we need to let that work happen.”
The Fortescue plant will require 1,000 mega-watts of clean electricity in order to run
The BC Natural Resources Forum enters its final day tomorrow (Thursday), wrapping up late in the afternoon.

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Canfor to reduce reliance on natural gas with hydrogen power project in Prince George, B.C. – CBC.ca

British Columbia’s premier says Prince George is one step closer to being a hub of clean power with the announcement of a new hydrogen project at a local pulp mill.But David Eby also acknowledged the province will have to significantly increase its electricity production if it plans to capitalize on global demand for hydrogen power.The premier made the comments at the announcement of a new project in Prince George being led by Chilliwack-based Teralta Hydrogen Solutions.According to Teralta CEO Simon Pickup, the company will take byproduct hydrogen from Chemtrade Logistics’ sodium chlorate plant in Prince George and refine them for use as hydrogen power at a nearby pulp and paper mill run by Canfor.Once finished, Pickup said, the project should reduce the mill’s natural gas use by as much as 25 per cent, and showcase “a new model for making hydrogen actually viable for industrial users.”Eby said the project is one of many in the province aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels.”Today is yet another demonstration that resource workers in our province are on the front lines of fighting climate change,” Eby said.”We have seen that right here in Prince George with company’s visiting from around the world to court Prince George for hydrogen export.”International interest in regionEby said his government is projecting the global hydrogen power market will reach $87 billion by 2030 and B.C. is currently home to 19 hydrogen export project proposals.The hope, he said, is that hydrogen will be a low-emission alternative to fossil fuels in Canada as well as Asia and other international markets.To that end, B.C. has created a hydrogen strategy and invested $150,000 to help Prince George develop a plan for being a provincial “hydrogen hub.”WATCH | Is green hydrogen really eco-friendly?Is green hydrogen really eco-friendly?12 months agoDuration 5:58Green hydrogen has been labelled as one solution for Canada to meet its net zero goal by 2050. CBC’s Frances Willick finds out if green hydrogen is really better for the environment.The city is already home to several projects and proposals, including a hydrogen refuelling station for heavy-duty trucks and a proposed $5-billion hydrogen project from Mitsubishi north of the city, and interest from Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest in a $2-billion hydrogen and ammonia production plant through his company, Fortescue.Electrical grid challengesHowever, there is a challenge for all these projects: They rely on B.C.’s electrical grid for power at a time when the province has already had to import power due to drought while also pushing forward with plans to get more people using electric cars and electric-powered heat pumps.Eby acknowledged these problems during Tuesday’s press conference, saying his government is in talks with Fortescue about the power needed for its proposed project, which would be about 1,000 megawatts, or roughly equivalent to the production capacity of the Site C dam, which is set to come online next year after nearly a decade of construction.He said he directed B.C. Hydro to create a task force aimed at fast-tracking more power production so the province doesn’t have to turn away potential investment and the jobs that could come with them.”There are huge economic opportunities available to us if we can expand our electrical grid,” he said.

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Mining Keeps the Lights On

Video from our friends and BC Yukon Mining featuring Northern BC companies such as PineRidge Modular (Burns Lake), Formula Contracting (Prince George), John Kason from FieldHouse Capital (Prince George), Green

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