Hydro begins Annual Maintenance Season

Hydro begins Annual Maintenance Season

Investing to ensure safe, reliable electricity service

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) has begun work on its annual maintenance program across the provincial electricity system.

Hydro’s annual maintenance season generally begins in April when customer electricity demand begins to decline and extends to November in preparation for the winter months.

During this time, Hydro maintains, replaces, and upgrades electricity equipment throughout the province. This includes preventative and corrective maintenance work and inspections, as well as larger capital projects.hydro-truck

Generation units and transmission lines will be removed from service for periods of time in order to complete the work. These yearly planned outages are closely monitored and coordinated to ensure customer supply and system reserve requirements are met.

As well as being the primary generator of electricity in the province, Hydro delivers power directly to customers in coastal and rural communities on the island and Labrador. Annual work, such as pole maintenance, will be completed on distribution lines in Hydro service areas.

The first major project starts April 18 when Unit 3 at the Holyrood Thermal Generating Station will be removed from service for an extended period to complete a major generator upgrade. The annual maintenance of two generation units at the Bay d’Espoir Hydroelectric Generating Station will also begin this month. No customer impact is anticipated resulting from these generation maintenance periods.

Hydro is committed to keeping customers informed as we continue to invest in reliability over the coming months. All system work is evaluated to eliminate or minimize customer impact. We will inform customers in relevant communities in advance of any planned power outages necessary to ensure the safety of work crews and the public.

All equipment advisories will be posted on our website here: https://nlhydro.com/news/

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