Underground Work to Increase Reliability for SaskPower Customers

July 15, 2019

To help ensure safe and reliable power, SaskPower will replace 17 kilometres of aging underground cable and install 80 km of new duct work in Regina, Saskatoon, and other communities this year.

“There 5,700 km of underground cables throughout urban centres in Saskatchewan,” said Shawn Schmidt, SaskPower’s Vice-President of Distribution and Customer Services. “Aging infrastructure, including underground cables, caused about 35 per cent of unplanned outages in the province last year. Replacing these cables as they reach the end of their service life will help reduce the number of outages caused by cable faults.”

Crews will also be adding 80 km of new underground ducting in conjunction with SaskTel’s deployment of fibre to homes, reducing the installation costs for both companies by up to 40 per cent.  The new ducting will facilitate the installation of new underground powerlines in the future and could speed up outage restoration times.

Underground cable replacement and duct bank installations will take place this year in:

  • Saskatoon – Wildwood, Lakeview, River Heights and Dundonald;
  • Regina – University Park and Albert Park;
  • Prince Albert – Carlton Park;
  • Moose Jaw – Sunningdale, VLA/Regal Heights and Westheath; and
  • Emerald Park and White City.

Power outages will occasionally be required to complete the work safely, as the planned work involves trenching and other construction work in SaskPower easements. Affected customers will be notified by SaskPower contractors or receive a notification in their mailbox.

The estimated cost for the project this year is $15 million. The work is part of an ongoing initiative. Next year, SaskPower plans to invest an additional $11 million into underground work.

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At a glance...

  • Approximately 17 kilometres of new underground power line will improve power reliability in eight Regina and Saskatoon neighbourhoods
  • The estimated cost for the project this year is $15 million
  • To do this work safely, some power outages will be required and customers will be notified if they are impacted

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