Update (10:00 p.m.): Power Outage Advisory – Great Northern Peninsula (Feb.7, 2013)

February 7, 2013, 10:00 p.m. – Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro (Hydro) is providing an update regarding power outages on the Great Northern Peninsula this evening.
There were multiple trips on a transmission line in the Port Saunders area this evening at approximately 7:00 p.m. due to salt contamination. This caused a power outage to customers from Port Saunders to Port aux Choix. Crews turned on back-up diesel generation and have been slowly restoring power to customers to avoid overloading the system.
As the load decreases over the next few hours and the system stabilizes, Hydro will work to restore power to all customers. Crews also continue to investigate issues on the transmission line.
A mobile substation is being delivered to Hawke’s Bay to provide additional back-up generation if required to customers in this area. This unit is expected to be available by
tomorrow.
Salt contamination can occur following high wind conditions. Salt in the air in coastal areas accumulates on insulators, builds up and affects the flow of electricity. When the salt build-up reaches a critical point, it causes flashing and recloses the power line. Salt contamination is resolved naturally by rainfall.
Hydro apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates the patience of its customers. Customers can get updates from the Hydro Power Outages and Emergencies (24 hrs) line at 1-888-737-1296. Updates will also be provided at www.facebook.com/NLHydro and Twitter.com/NLHydro