The substation, which has been offline since Feb. 23, is expected to help reduce the size and duration of outages in south Regina, including the Harbour Landing, Albert Park, Lakeview and Cathedral areas. The substation is currently partially energized, and SaskPower crews will be working to have the facility operating at full capacity in 10 to 14 days.
SaskPower will spend $33 million on planned maintenance and system upgrades in the Regina area in 2015. This includes an additional $1 million for wildlife protection and $500,000 for vegetation management which was recently allocated in light of reliability challenges in south Regina. The total investment for planned maintenance in the Regina area for 2014 and 2015 is over $50 million.
Some of the projects already underway in Regina to improve system reliability include substation upgrades and underground cable life extensions, including the Fleet Street Substation, the Transcona Substation in the Rosemont area, the Regina South Switching Station, and construction of a new underground duct bank to Reginas downtown.
SaskPower is working hard to effectively manage a growing demand for power in our province and improve reliability for customers, and wishes to thank customers for their patience.