Nova Scotia Power investing $1.7 million in upgrades to increase service reliability in Town of Oxford

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Nova Scotia Power investing $1.7 million in upgrades to increase service reliability in Town of Oxford

June 7, 2018

HALIFAX – The Town of Oxford is undergoing upgrades to the power system to strengthen service reliability for  customers. Completing this work will reduce the risk of unplanned power outages due to equipment failure, and will provide an alternate power supply for customers in the event of an unplanned outage or future repairs.

Necessary work was completed earlier this year in preparation for converting electricity voltage in the community, including retiring aging equipment, replacing 50 poles and additional equipment upgrades in the community.

“We’re investing in upgrading aging equipment and converting voltage in this area to ensure we can continue to safely deliver a reliable, cost-effective service to our customers,” said Ashraf Abdelrahman, Nova Scotia Power Capital Engineer.

A planned power outage is required for the majority of customers in the Town of Oxford to allow crews to safely complete portions of this project. This outage has been scheduled for Saturday, June 9, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. A small group of customers will experience a shorter outage between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Customers identified to be in the affected service area will receive an automated call to confirm the date and time of their outage. As this work must be completed during daytime hours for safety reasons, the timing was selected to minimize disruptions as much as possible.

This work is the final component of a three-phase $1.7 million project in the town of Oxford. Nova Scotia Power invests approximately $80 million each year on system upgrades, maintenance and improvements to increase service reliability for customers. Once completed, these upgrades will strengthen the overall electrical system and help reduce the risk of unplanned outages in the town of Oxford.

Nova Scotia Power thanks the public in advance for their patience while this necessary reliability work is completed.