Mobile unit to replace flooded Houston substation

USA, Texas: After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston last week leaving 850,000 CentrePoint customers without power, some customers are still waiting for power to be restored, including those serviced by Memorial substation located in the outskirts of west Houston.

This giant substation hidden by a dense forest, which is the final piece needed to restore power for thousands of Houstonians, is sitting dead in a metre of water and will be replaced with a temporary mobile substation, including a power transformer, to route power to 5,700 customers in Houston, reports Houston Chronicle.

The temporary mobile substation sitting on the trailers of semi-truck will be a backup for months while the company rebuilds Memorial substation.

The cost of reconstruction is unknown, but rebuilding a substation of that size, which serves 12,000 customers, could cost up to $15 million, CenterPoint said.

Source: Houston Chronicle