5 Questions with Babar Syed about the Turnor Lake Project
December 11, 2019
- Before this project, customers were experiencing power flickering and unplanned outages.
- We knew it was important to get this work done before the worst of the 2019 winter hit. So, it became one of our top priorities.
- The entire project cost about $6 million.
Our crews are working to upgrade the Turnor Lake substation. We sat down with Babar Syed, Project Manager, to learn about what’s happening and what it means to customers in the area.
What’s happening at the Turnor Lake substation?
We’re upgrading the Turnor Lake substation so it can better handle the demand for power. This is especially important with winter coming when the demand for power increases.
The project is being completed in 2 phases. In the first phase, we installed a new transformer and a capacitor bank. This equipment is now up and running. The second phase will be complete by November 2020.
What will it mean to customers in the area?
The Turnor Lake substation supports customers in the areas of:
- Turnor Lake
- Buffalo Narrows
- Green Lake
Before this project, these customers were experiencing power flickering and unplanned outages.
We knew it was important to get this work done before the worst of the 2019 winter hit. So, it became one of our top priorities.
Phase 1 is now complete. We’re monitoring the results to make sure everything is working like it should. Customers in the area should notice fewer power flickers and unplanned outages.
Are outages needed for this work?
Normally there would be outages for this type of project. But given the remote location we wanted to avoid any outage if we could. So, we planned, designed and installed this equipment in such a way that there are no outages.
How much did this project cost? Were any local contractors involved?
Yes, we hired Pinehouse Business North. They handled the site prep and civil work for the project. The entire project cost about $6 million.
Is there more work to come?
Yes, phase 2 involves installing a specialized piece of equipment called STATCOM.
The STATCOM along with the capacitor bank will help reduce power flickers in the area.