Transmission line problems the cause of power failures

The Estevan area has been affected by power outages on Monday.

The first power failure struck Estevan, as well as Bienfait, Lampman, North Portal, Steelman and surrounding areas around 1:30 a.m. Monday. The power for a large portion of Estevan was restored before 4 a.m., but other areas were still without electricity.

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SaskPower reported at 10:34 a.m. that power had been restored to all affected customers, but another outage occurred just after 11 a.m. Power was back on just after 12:30 p.m. 

Joel Cherry, a spokesperson with SaskPower, said the issue is with one of the transmission lines to the Boundary Dam Power Station. SaskPower has received reports of ice on the line causing a problem known as galloping.

The Crown corporation is working to re-energize and stabilize the line, but at the moment he doesn’t have an estimated time in which power will be restored.



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