SaskPower Investments Planned Across the Province to Reduce Power Outages

May 18, 2016

$108 million planned to renew power grid

SaskPower will be updating parts of the Saskatchewan power grid in the coming months. The work will involve an investment of $108 million across Saskatchewan in projects that will help decrease the number of power outages. Aging infrastructure causes approximately 34 per cent of unplanned outages in Saskatchewan.

"SaskPower brought power to all corners of the province in the 1950s and 60s," SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh said. "As the demand for power keeps growing, we not only need to build the grid, but we need to tend to our old poles, transformers and stations. We're investing around a billion dollars annually to make sure homes, farms and businesses have the power they need, when they need it."

Notably, SaskPower will be reinforcing the power grid for Saskatoon and surrounding areas. A major, high-voltage transmission line north of Saskatoon provides a much-needed alternate source for the area, meaning that power can be rerouted more easily during unplanned outages. This new line also supports continued growth in the city. In Regina, SaskPower continues work on the downtown core to update the network of underground cables and allow for continued growth.

SaskPower will continue working on underground power cables and transformer replacements over the summer months. Rejuvenating cables involves injecting them with a liquid that fills cracks and insulates. This process is four to five times less expensive than replacing cables, and extends the cable life another 20-40 years. These will be taking place in the Normanview, Albert Park and Glencairn areas of Regina, and the Confederation Park, Wildwood, Lakeview, Lakeridge and River Heights areas of Saskatoon. SaskPower will also be replacing power transformers serving those areas due to their age, condition and additional capacity requirements.

Finally, SaskPower will continue its Wood Pole Maintenance Program in 2016. Each pole will be inspected on specific power lines and repaired as needed. This work will reduce power outages and improve the safety of the public and our employees. The program will be in Assiniboia and Wynyard from May through August; and in northwest Regina and in North Battleford and surrounding rural areas in September.

Some of this work will require planned outages to take place safely. These will be communicated well in advance using SaskPower's website and social media feeds, as well as announcements through local media.

At a glance...

  • $108 million invested around the province
  • New major transmission line serving Saskatoon
  • Underground cable maintenance and aging transformer replacement in Regina and Saskatoon
  • Wood poles being inspected and maintained in various parts of the province

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