Power line insulators being installed to protect Osprey nest in Lunenburg, N.S.

HALIFAX, NS – Nova Scotia Power will require a short power outage during the early morning hours of Sunday, July 9, that will affect both municipal utility and Nova Scotia Power customers in Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Riverport. The outage is planned to take place between 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. on Sunday to minimize the impact on customers as much as possible.

The power outage is required to allow Nova Scotia Power crews to safely install power line insulators near a large osprey nest that is situated on a large transmission tower in Lunenburg; the tower supports the main feeder lines for the three municipal utilities in Lunenburg, Mahone Bay and Riverport.

Nova Scotia Power is unable to relocate the osprey nest at this time, because osprey are actively nesting in it; however, installation of the line insulators will reduce the risk of harm to the osprey and the occurrence of unplanned customer outages due to line contact from the nest.

Please note that the line insulators are being installed as an interim safety measure until such time that the nest can be moved to a safe location off of the transmission tower. Nova Scotia Power is working with the provincial Department of Natural Resources on the future relocation of the osprey nest. A separate power interruption will be required once the nest can be safely relocated; a public service announcement will be sent out once the relocation details are confirmed.

Nova Scotia Power thanks affected customers for their patience while this safety and service reliability work is underway.