There are almost 400 distribution stations in the province. There are 97 stations in the City of Winnipeg, 37 of which are operating beyond their technical limitations; 8 stations are more than 60 years old. We need to replace or refurbish 20 substations in Winnipeg alone, at an estimated cost of $630 million over the next 10 to 12 years.
Outside of Winnipeg, we are making a concerted effort to improve the reliability of service and enhance the capacity of our system. In many cases, we are upgrading distribution stations originally built during the Farm Electrification Program that followed World War II.
In other areas we are adding new distribution capacity to accommodate population and economic growth. This includes upgrading existing new distribution lines, building new distribution and supply lines and building new Distribution Supply Centres (DSCs). Essentially an updated version of the traditional substation, DSCs offer many advantages in certain applications.