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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

40-Year-Old Transformers At Union St Substation To Be Replaced

Users of the Harbour Passage walk by the Union Street Substation all the time--but few of us give it much thought.

That may change this summer, when some upgrades will be performed to the 40-year-old transformer and related equipment. Saint John Energy CEO Ray Robinson tells CHSJ News it'll be a little louder than usual in that area but the work needs to be done.

According to project manager Andrew Ahearn they're installing a new oil containment system that would keep any of the insulating oil from leaking into the harbour if there were ever an emergency.

Streets by the substation may also be closed when the transformer arrives. Power outages aren't expected as a result of the upgrades.