Parts of Yellowknife suffered two power outages on Monday that appear to be related to “a maintenance issue” at Snare Rapids hydroelectric facility, a spokesperson with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) stated.
Doug Prendergast, manager of communications for NTPC, stated in an email Monday evening that between 5:42 p.m. and 5:46 p.m. a section of the downtown core was without power. Similarly, between 5:42 p.m. and 5:47 p.m., the area around around the fire hall and Multiplex were also without power.

The outage followed a power failure earlier the same day that saw one-third of the city without electricity between 2:23 p.m. and 2:42 p.m.

“Impacted areas included Old Town, Magrum Crescent, part of downtown and the area near the fire hall,” Prendergast stated. “NTPC employees are investigating an issue at the Snare Rapids hydroelectric facility, which appears to be the source of both outages.”

Monday’s outage follows two smaller ones that took place on June 5, which Prendergast stated “was likely caused by bird activity on the transmission line from the Bluefish Hydroelectric Facility.”
He added, however, that NTPC “cannot confirm (the bird activity as the cause) with absolute certainty.”

Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. A through and through "County boy" from Prince Edward County, Ont., Simon obtained his journalism education at Algonquin...

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