Waneta work moves ahead with new transformers

More pieces to the puzzle coming together for the massive hydroelectric power expansion south of Trail, B.C.

The first of two transformers

The first of two transformers

Two enormous transformers, almost five metres wide and 117,000 kilograms each, rolled through downtown Trail on a truck over 60 metres long on Thursday, Sept. 26.

The equipment is en route to the Waneta Expansion Project construction site.

“This milestone signals the kick-off of the second half of the project, with focus shifting from civil to mechanical and electrical work,” wrote Kathleen Hart, coordinator of stakeholder relations and communications in an email. “The transformers are critical pieces of equipment which increase the voltage from the generators before connecting them to the grid.”

For more on the project, visit http://columbiapower.org/projects/waneta-expansion-project