London

Hydro One and London Hydro announce $36M transformer station update

Residents and businesses in downtown London can expect more reliable power service thanks to a $36 million investment in the city's Nelson Transformer Station.

The investment was made to improve power reliability to the downtown London core

Officials from Hydro One and London Hydro at London Nelson Tranformer Station on Jan. 25, 2019. From left to right, Jason Fitzsimmons, Chief Corporate Affairs and Customer Care Officer Hydro One, Vinay Sharma, CEO London Hydro, Bill Milroy, VP of Operations and Engineering, London Hydro. (submitted)

Residents and businesses in downtown London can expect more reliable power service thanks to a $36 million investment in the city's Nelson Transformer Station.

Hydro One and London Hydro announced the collaborative investment Friday, saying a successful connection was part of the first step in a multi-year project to modernize the 71-year-old station at 502 Nelson Street.

"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.

Employees were on hand for the announcement of a $36 million investment at London Nelson Transformer Station on Jan. 25, 2019. (submitted)

Hydro One has completed all of their required upgrades, which the company says came in $3 million under budget. London Hydro will now work to finalize connections to the municipal grid.

"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 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.

Hydro One says Friday's announcement is part of a larger investment across the province in their aging infrastructure.