Hydro begins annual maintenance season

Investing to ensure safe, reliable electricity service

March 31, 2015 – Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is beginning its annual maintenance program, investing in the province’s electricity system to ensure delivery of reliable and safe electricity for customers.

“As we head into spring, customer demand typically begins to decline and this coincides with the beginning of Hydro’s annual maintenance season,” said Rob Henderson, Vice President Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. “From now until the end of November, generation units and transmission lines will come in and out of service routinely as we complete upgrades,unit overhauls, routine preventative and corrective maintenance.”

The first major work begins this week on one of the two main transmission lines providing power to the Avalon Peninsula being out of service while crews conduct annual maintenance and upgrades. A second line, which also services the Avalon, is fully operational and available; therefore there are no customer impacts as a result of this work. In addition, Avalon generation reserves are strong and able to meet customer needs.

The transmission line will be evaluated daily before it is taken out of service and will not be removed if it is determined to be required. All planned system outages are evaluated to eliminate or minimize potential customer impact.

Henderson explained, “Hydro’s immediate priority is to ensure reliable service while upgrading and maintaining our system to ensure the long term supply of safe, reliable service for our customers.”

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