$15.8M federal boost for graving dock

The addition of a third $15.8-million electrical substation at Esquimalt Graving Dock is a significant improvement vital to the economic future of the dock and its safety, director Stafford Bingham said Monday.

“Without them we wouldn’t be safe to work here; this is huge,” said Bingham. The federal government announced funding for the substation at the graving dock on Monday.

Scansa Construction will build the two-storey main substation building at the north end of the dock — the third of four. The south has already been upgraded.

Carla Qualtrough, public services and procurement minister, gave details about the electrical upgrade, which will use money from previously announced funding for the graving dock.

“The graving dock is an incredible driver in our economy,” said Qualtrough. “That’s why the government has made a strategic investment of $175 million over the past four years to enhance the dock and ensure its long-term sustainability.”

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