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Northwest Transmission line lights remote region

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - British Columbia's newest hydro transmission line is now carrying power to a previously unlit corner of the province.

The 344-kilometre-long Northwest Transmission Line has been fully energized — just over two years after the $750-million expansion was launched.

The 287-kilovolt line links the Skeena Substation near Terrace to a new substation near Bob Quinn Lake in northwestern B.C.

BC Hydro says the line will deliver affordable, reliable and clean energy that will stimulate the economy and provide renewable power to the remote region.

A run-of-river hydro project has already connected to the line, while Imperial Metals' Red Chris mine is slated to be the first mine to be powered by the line, beginning this fall.

BC Hydro says the project created 840 person-years of employment during construction, which began in January 2012. (CFTK)

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