Oct 8, 2009
Hydro One will be conducting a planned power outage in the Kincardine area from
"This project is part of an ongoing program to continually assess the condition of our power delivery system and make significant upgrades to improve overall reliability," said
The first weekend's planned outage will affect about 5,000 Hydro One customers, and the second about 4,000 customers. All affected customers will be notified in advance by Hydro One. The affected areas include parts of Huron and Ashfield townships, and the lower part of Kincardine Township. The Town of Kincardine itself will not be affected.
"The outage is being conducted to make substantial upgrades to the company's major 44,000 volt lines, the backbone of the distribution system," Matthews said. "This will significantly reduce the risk of unplanned outages in the area."
The work includes installation of over 50 new poles as well as and moving about 50 other poles along Highway 21, and replacing 11 kilometres of older conductor with new, stronger, more robust wire that is much less susceptible to weather damage and can carry heavier electrical loads.
About 140 Hydro One lines and support staff will be involved in this project to minimize the outage duration. Many are coming from operations centres from Owen Sound to Chatham Kent. As much work as possible has been done in advance to minimize outage length.
Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's 29,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 125,000 kilometre low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.
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