Energy & Power
Transmission & Distribution
SaskPower renewing grid in 2016 with $108 million
By Renée Francoeur
May 25, 2016 – SaskPower has announced $108 million worth of updates to parts of the Saskatchewan power grid in the coming months to help decrease the number of power outages. Aging infrastructure causes approximately 34% of unplanned outages in Saskatchewan, according to the utility.
This work includes a new high-voltage transmission line north of Saskatoon and continued work in Regina on the downtown core to update the network of underground cables.
Cables will be rejuvenated in the Normanview, Albert Park and Glencairn areas of Regina, and the Confederation Park, Wildwood, Lakeview, Lakeridge and River Heights areas of Saskatoon. SaskPower says it will also be replacing power transformers serving those areas due to their age, condition and additional capacity requirements.
The company will also continue its Wood Pole Maintenance Program in Assiniboia and Wynyard from May through August; and in northwest Regina and in North Battleford and surrounding rural areas in September.