To address concerns raised by local residents, Nova Scotia Power will
begin installing new navigation lights on its transmission towers at
Auld’s Cove Monday.
Transport Canada requires the utility to have
navigation lights on the towers but some customers have said the
flashing white lights are too intrusive.
“We heard what residents
were saying and went to Transport Canada for some options to address
their concerns. We worked together and have come up with an option we
believe will be acceptable to our customers while addressing the federal
agency’s requirements,” said Project Manager Tom Flewwelling.
Monday November 4, workers with Tower Power Group don full body
harnesses and other safety gear, climb the two towers in question and
replace the white lights with new red beacon lights.
strobe lights will continue to flash during the day but when darkness
falls, the lights will change to strobe a slower red beam which is less
intrusive,” Flewwelling said.
In 2017, NS Power will be
constructing a new crossing south of the existing lines, which will
remain in place. The new towers will carry a necessary set of redundant
lines to ensure reliability of electricity to and from Cape Breton and
mainland Nova Scotia.
Once they’re in place, the new lighting
system will be transferred to the new towers because they’re taller and
shield the existing towers, so there will be no need for navigation
lights on the current towers.
“As always, safety will be our top
priority on this project,” Flewwelling said. “This is challenging work
involving live electricity and extreme heights. We will adhere to the
highest safety standards as we carry out this important work.”
The installation is expected to be completed in January.