Like all utilities in Ontario, Hydro Ottawa must replace aging distribution system equipment at an accelerated pace. Given that large segments of the network were constructed in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, with a lifespan of about 50 years, much of the equipment has reached its end-of-life.
While continued maintenance has prolonged the life of these assets, infrastructure investments are now needed to ensure reliable power. This section will feature news related to upcoming work to keep you updated on projects happening in your community.
Hydro Ottawa owns and operates a network of more than 90 substations and 5,580 km of overhead lines and underground cable – that’s about the distance from New York to London, England! This amount of aging equipment, along with increasing electricity demands, means we have to continually monitor, maintain and upgrade our assets.
Crews replacing underground cable in Blackburn Hamlet to use a directional bore machine to help replace aging infrastructure.
Twenty-five employees, six contracting staff, 20 poles, 12 hours, one Pole Claw, one day.