Distribution stations

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.

New and refurbished distribution stations

These distribution stations are required to improve system reliability, supply the growing demand in the local area, and make plans for future growth. Built on existing Manitoba Hydro land, refurbished stations will include expansion of their station yards, new equipment, and the reconnection or relocation of feeder lines. As well, safety improvements are required with the aging equipment to protect our staff.

During construction in these areas, there will be short-term power outages as the new equipment is connected. These power outages will be planned in advance and we will attempt to contact affected customers in advance. General construction noise can be expected for the duration of the project. Some traffic delays and disruptions may also occur.

Panet station construction

Artist rendering of new Panet distribution station.

New Panet distribution station.
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This new distribution substation will be located on Dugald Road between Dawson Road and Panet Road. The project will begin in August 2018 and will be ready for testing in July 2020. The project includes:

  • demolition of a parking lot;
  • construction of a new building and station fence;
  • installation of substation equipment.

McPhillips station expansion

Photo of the McPhillips distribution station.

640 McPhillips Street.
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The project includes:

  • fenced yard expansion;
  • relocation of the distribution equipment to the new yard;
  • replacing 2 existing transformers with 3 new transformers;
  • adding a capacitor bank to reduce low voltage conditions;
  • construction of a new control building;
  • reconnecting feeder lines to the new equipment.

The McPhillips station contains both transmission and distribution equipment. This project will only replace the distribution equipment.

Construction work on the $47.2 million project started in 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2018.

Mohawk station expansion

Photo of the Mohawk distribution station.

3500 Bishop Grandin Boulevard.
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The project includes:

  • fenced yard expansion;
  • relocation of existing feeder lines;
  • adding a transformer and associated equipment;
  • adding a capacitor bank to reduce low voltage conditions;
  • realign existing 115 kV overhead line.

Construction work on the $19.7 million project started in 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2018.

St. Vital station expansion

Photo of the St. Vital distribution station.

379 Lagimodiere Boulevard.
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The project includes:

  • fenced yard expansion;
  • relocation of distribution equipment to the new yard;
  • replacing 2 existing transformers with 3 new transformers;
  • adding a capacitor bank to reduce low voltage conditions;
  • construction of a new control building;
  • reconnecting feeder lines to the new equipment.

The St. Vital station contains both transmission and distribution equipment. This project will only replace the distribution equipment.

Construction work on the $51.3 million project started in 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2018.