Ontario utilities announce $27M transformer station update

London, ON, Canada: Hydro One and London Hydro announced the successful connection of an upgraded Nelson Transformer Station (TS), the first step in a multi-year project to replace the aging station.

With Hydro One having completed all $36 million CAD ($27.2M USD) upgrades on-time and $3 million CAD under budget, London Hydro is now working to finalize connections to the municipal grid.

“The upgrades in London are part of a larger investment to minimize power outages and keep the public safe by using more efficient and modern equipment across the province,” said Jason Fitzsimmons, chief corporate affairs and customer care officer for Hydro One.

“It’s a modernized station, where half of the equipment is indoors,” said Jay Armitage, director of communications for Hydro One. “This will help to reduce any power outages caused by weather, animal interference, or salt build up on the equipment.”

“The upgrade of Nelson TS has been a strategic component of London Hydro’s ongoing initiative to ensure a sustainable and reliable 27.6kV supply to the London downtown core,” said Bill Milroy, Vice President, Engineering & Operations, London Hydro.

The updated station is the first of its kind in London and is expected to last up to 50 years before another update is required. There are six other transformer stations in the city.

Source: Hydro One / CBC.ca