Hydro investing $52 million in provincial electricity system

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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro says it is investing $52 million throughout the province this year to ensure the continued safety and reliability of the provincial electricity system.
According to a news release, Hydro's 2010 capital program is focused on performance and improved reliability. Maintaining the safe and reliable operation of Hydro's electricity infrastructure is accomplished through routine maintenance and replacing or upgrading aging assets.
"Providing safe and reliable service to our customers is of paramount importance to Hydro, and we continue to invest significantly in the provincial electricity system to ensure a stable and reliable power supply," said Jim Haynes, Hydro's vice-president of regulated operations.
"Our priority is to ensure the safety of our employees and the public, followed by our commitment to continued reliable and safe operations for electricity customers."
The news release states that preparation for upgrades to the distribution system in Labrador West is currently underway. This multi-year project, estimated to cost $20 million over a three-year period which began in 2009, includes the construction of two new terminal stations, the conversion of existing lines to 25 kilovolt and extensions to the distribution system in the area. Upgrades to the electricity system in the region are necessary to improve the distribution system reliability and allow for some additional commercial and residential growth in the area.
Over $24 million will be invested in Hydro's Transmission and Rural Operations, including upgrades, repairs and replacement of insulators, poles, and transmission and distribution lines throughout the province. Hydro's annual Wood Pole Line Management Program continues in 2010 with a $2.3 million investment.
Nearly three million dollars will be invested in generation assets in isolated communities throughout the province, including modifications to the L'Anse au Loup diesel generating plant to permanently accommodate a new generating unit. Increasing generation capacity at this plant was completed to maintain a reliable power supply for customers in this area.
"A key component of Hydro's business is to ensure consistent, efficient and effective asset management, which involves reviewing the condition of our electricity infrastructure on a continual basis," Haynes said. "We have a comprehensive asset management plan as well as a 20-year capital plan in place to ensure we complete capital work at the necessary times to keep our assets in sound working condition to assure our customers continued reliable service."
Hydro will invest $13 million in its island generation assets this year. Hydro will complete work at the Bay d'Espoir Hydroelectric Generating Station, which involves the replacement of the winding in generating unit two and purchasing a spare winding to help avoid interruptions in power service. Hydro will also invest over five million dollars in the Holyrood Thermal Generating Plant to ensure continued reliability of this critical asset.

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Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Hydroelectric Generating Station

Geographic location: Labrador West, L'Anse au Loup

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  • Hilda
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Good, maybe we won't have any more power outages in the middle of summer like we did this morning at 7:12AM here in Elizabeth Park. Not like it was blowing a gail with freezing rain or anything...