Saskatchewan

Power problems continue in southeast

The southeast Saskatchewan oilpatch is booming, but it appears some areas are having a tough time keeping keeping the lights on.

The southeast Saskatchewan oilpatch is booming, but it appears some areas are having a tough time keeping keeping the lights on.

One such community is the village of Torquay, where residents have told CBC News they've experienced power bumps and outages for the past few years — at least four or five times a month.

"They're a little concerned about it," said Mike Strachan, the mayor of Torquay, which is about 40 kilometres west of Estevan.

"There's a few people around here that work from home," Strachan said. "When they power goes out they can't work from home. There's a lot of people where equipment has burned out on them from the power flicking on and off."

Strachan says many people in the village of 240 have bought generators as a back-up.

SaskPower vice-president of tranmission and distribution Mike Marsh says the blackouts could be due to a number of things, including a growing demand for power in that area.

"Some of it may be due to the oil field sector in their particular area and some technical issues. Some of it may be due to weather related or other issues," he said.

  The situation should improve in the next couple of years as SaskPower boosts power capacity in the southeast, Marsh said.

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