PROPOSED N.P.E.I. 2018 CAPITAL BUDGET PROGRAM


As in previous years, the NPEI 2018 Capital Budget will continue to follow a format, focused on Projects driven from established Programs to prioritize NPEI resources in an efficient and beneficial manor to our Customers. These cyclic programs drive Rebuild/Reinforcement/Voltage Conversion, Construction as a result of, Pole Testing & Inspections, Pad-mounted Equipment Inspections, Sub-station Maintenance & Inspections, Manhole & Sidewalk Vault Inspections, Kiosk Inspections, Minor System Betterments, Subdivision Connections, and Demand Based System Expansions for Commercial Development.


Expansions and Reinforcement of the N.P.E.I. 13.8 K.V. / 27.6 K.V. Primary Distribution System to accommodate load growth & reliability requirements.


1. Greenlane @ Ontario Underground Tie           Investment Category SS
Project scope involves the installation of approximately 0.25 KM of 1000 MCM underground primary cable in a new concrete encased duct-bank to create a tie on the Beamsville 18-M-1 system between two primary lines on Ontario Street & Greenlane Rd. Benefits include increased Customer reliability during contingencies and capacity increase to the Beamsville downtown core.
Estimated cost: $160,194.00           Project #2018-0001


2. Range Road 2--East of Allen Road           Investment Category SS
Project scope involves extension of 0.66KM. of a rural overhead primary distribution line between pole #43518 & pole #43581 to replace 0.5KM of distribution line presently located on an opened road allowance with poor access. Install 13-new 40' wooden poles. The framing & stringing of this section of line will tie to a line within the Road Allowance of Range Road 2. System benefits include improved reliability an emergency response, with removal of inaccessible line upon completion.
Estimated Cost= $ 120, 655.00           Project #2018-0003


3. Willoughby Rd Extension – Weinbrenner to Willick           Investment Category SS
Project scope involves extension of 0.7KM. of a rural overhead primary distribution line along Willoughby Rd from Weinbrenner to Willick. This project builds on previous re-build work completed on Willoughby Rd starting in 2015 and is a continuation of the aim to reinforce supply to the Chippewa Area of Niagara Falls to support new growth. Includes installation of 11-new 45' wooden poles and approx. 240m of duct to traverse under the CNP right of way.
Estimated Cost= $ 280,737.00           Project #2018-0005


4. Thorold Stone Rd-- Montrose to Kalar           Investment Category SR
Project scope involves the replacement of 1.1 KM. of urban overhead 13.8 KV primary line installed in 1958 with 27-new 45’ wood poles, constructed in the same alignment as the existing pole line. Replacement of the undersized primary conductor with 556 MCM for increased ampacity of the circuit during contingency situations, 6-single phase transformers to replace existing, transfer 4-three phase & 2-single phase primary risers, install 1.1.KM of secondary buss, and transfer of 40 residential services to the new buss. Benefits include improved system losses, improved equipment clearances, reinforcement & capacity increase of the supply in the area.
Estimated Cost= $ 457,676.00           Project #2018-0004


5. Pad-mounted Switchgear Replacements           Investment Category SR
The Underground Equipment Inspection Program has identified a requirement for replacement of air insulated pad-mounted switchgear units, with dead-front stainless steel enclosure SF-6 Gas Insulated Equipment, due to corrosion and contamination issues, which will continue at a rate of 3-Units per year. Project scope involves the installation of applicable civil works such as manholes and duct-banks associated with the equipment replacement to current standards, using equipment constructed of Stainless Steel to avoid corrosion issues. Increased system reliability, Public & Personnel safety, and functionality are benefits of the program.
Estimated Cost = $257,493.00           Project #2018-0006


6. Station #14--Voltage Conversion Phase II           Investment Category SR
Rebuild Project which targets 1.20 kilometers of urban distribution line installed in 1956, including 83 pole changes, new three-phase (0.4KM @ 14 poles) new single phase (2.0KM @ 52 poles) & secondary (3.0KM @ 17 poles) circuits, 19-single phase distribution transformer replacements resulting in the upgraded supply to about 256 residential customers directly, in the area bounded by Drummond Rd, Skinner St, Dell Ave, Hawkins St, Arad St, Churchill St, Atlee St & Margaret St. System benefits include reconstruction to eliminate Municipal Sub-station Station. #14 constructed in 1956, targeted for decommissioning, replacement of aging equipment, immediate voltage conversions opportunities for approximately 800KVA of connected load, improved equipment clearance, and increased Customer reliability.
Estimated cost: $ 971,639.00           Project #2018-0007


7. Subdivision Rehabilitation Allowance.           Investment Category SR
Establishment of this Capital Program provides a solution, to a problem identified during the last Asset Condition Assessment, for replacement of directly buried primary & secondary conductors supplying residential services within the oldest Underground Distribution Residential Subdivisions within the Niagara Falls Service Territory. The original installations were duct-less, making replacement difficult and costly. To extend lifecycles of the infrastructure NPEI recently completed a Program to replace the Submersible Transformers with Pad-mount Transformers. The program began in 1994 with approximately 400 units converted. Sections of primary cable within the submersible enclosure, damaged by poor heat dissipation were spliced out and re-terminated, preventing failure. The cable was manufactured to a 133% insulation level, prolonging the life cycle, however, without a base value to compare the results of any cable testing, it is difficult to determine degradation since its installation. Expected lifespan of the cable is 35 years. To correct a noted deficiency in last Asset Assessment NPEI has entered installation dates, within the GIS, from as-built drawings, to help in prioritizing future replacement. The program would facilitate the installation, by directional boring methods, of a 4" & 3" HDPE conduit on the side of the road where primary and secondary co-exist, and a 4" HDPE conduit where only secondary is installed between all pad-mount foundations. Existing Cable would be "run to failure", at which time new cable would be installed under the Sustainment Budget. The first subdivision targeted was installed in 1967.
Estimated cost: $361,965.00           Project #2018-0009


8. Additional Sectionalizing Switches—8-Units           Investment Category SS
A review of existing feeder configurations, sourced by Stanley, Murray, Beamsville & Niagara West Transformer Stations, Kalar M.T.S. and Vineland D.S., utilizing system optimization software, has identified a need for additional pole mounted ganged load break switches within the system, minimizing system losses, providing improved contingency options during outage events, providing a means to minimize the area affected. The program will target the installation of 8 additional units.
Estimated Cost= $ 76,750.00           Project #2018-0010


9. Victoria Avenue Fly Rd South Ext Phase I. (2017 Carryover)           Investment Category SR
The Project Scope involves the overbuild of an existing 3-phase 8.2 KV primary line on Victoria Ave in place, and constructed with a 3-phase 27.6KV top circuit for approximately 2.0 KM. Construction involves the installation of 32-new 45’ poles, transfer of existing primary cable, and installation of 2.0KM of new 556MCM Primary and Neutral conductor from Fly Rd South to Seventh Ave. The Project is being initiated to provide a 27.6KV tie to town of Jordan Station Benefits include improved supply reliability and flexibility on the system during contingencies & system configuration by tying the F-1 Feeder from Vineland D.S to the M-5 Feeder from NWMTS.
Estimated Cost = $ 401,629.00           Project #2018-0012


10. Victoria Avenue Phase II.           Investment Category SR
The Project Scope involves the rebuild of existing 3-phase 8.2 KV primary line on Victoria Ave in place, and constructed to 3-phase 27.6KV for approximately 2.0 KM from Fly Rd going South. Construction involves the installation of 32-new 45’ poles, transfer of existing primary cable, and installation of 2.0KM of new Neutral conductor on Seventh Avenue from the Victoria Avenue to Nineteenth St. The Project is being initiated to provide a 27.6KV tie between Vineland Station F-1 to the M-5 from MWMTS Station Benefits include improved supply reliability and flexibility on the system during contingencies & system configuration.
Estimated Cost = $558,441.00           Project #2018-0008


11. 1-Phase Hydraulic Recloser Upgrades—10-Units           Investment Category SS
Approaching end of life cycles, and relating to the 5-year Wi-Max deployment plan, a requirement has been identified, for the replacement of 10-existing pole mounted hydraulic reclosures. There are approximately 90 oil filled units in service on the system. New units are solid dielectric, electronically controlled equipment, with interrogation/communication capabilities, providing Control Operators with real-time status during outage events, enabling information gathering for restoration planning. The solid dielectric insulation eliminates the oil used in the older units, making them less of an environmental concern.
Estimated Cost= $ 53,900.00           Project #2018-0013


12. Kalar T.S.Protective Relaying Upgrade Installation           Investment Category SR
Project scope involves Upgrade of Protective Relaying/Communication Equipment in conjunction with upgrades which are currently underway by Hydro One at the Allanburg facility. Material purchased in 2017, Installation slated for 2018 to fit with Hydro One project schedule. The western facing portion of the perimeter wall that surrounds the Kalar Transformer Station has experienced degradation of the structural foundation. The wall sections have physically settled which has
resulted in cracking and separation of the block wall components. The wall is required to be removed, the foundations replaced, and the wall reconstructed.
Estimated Cost= $ 200,000.00           Project #2018-0025


13. Chippawa River Crossing           Investment Category SR
Project scope involves the replacement of 0.75 KM. of urban overhead 13.8 KV 3-phase primary line along Reilly St., across the Chippawa River to Sophia St. Includes the replacement of end of life steel structures supporting the river crossing with concrete poles. Benefits include improved system losses, improved equipment clearances, reinforcement & capacity increase of the supply in the area with redundancy provisions.
Estimated Cost= $ 400,396.00           Project #2018-0016


14. Portage Rd--Mountain Road to Church's Lane           Investment Category SR
Project scope involves the replacement of 0.6 KM. of urban overhead 13.8 KV 3-phase primary line installed in 1966 with 17-new 45’ wood poles, constructed in the same alignment as the existing pole line to provide a tie point between the 12-M-1 and the 12-M-4 from Stanley T.S... Replacement of the undersized primary conductor with 556 MCM for increased ampacity of the circuit during contingency situations, 3-single phase transformers to replace existing, transfer 2-single phase & 2-three phase primary risers, install 0.6 .KM of secondary buss, and transfer of 46 residential services to the new buss. Benefits include improved system losses, improved equipment clearances, reinforcement & capacity increase of the supply in the area with redundancy provisions.
Estimated Cost= $ 383,291.00           Project #2018-0017


15. Oakwood Drive--Pole #111-25 to Pole #98-7           Investment Category SR
Project scope involves replacement of 1.5 KM. of an urban overhead primary distribution line, with an overhead 15 KV 600 amp class main 3-phase line in the same alignment as the existing. Installation of 25-new 50' wood poles, 7-Single Phase, 2-Three Phase transformers, transfer 3-three phase & 1-Single Phase Underground Primary Risers, and transfer 24-existing Residential triplex services. Since the original install this section of line has changed function from a radial feed, and has been incorporated into a tie between 2-Transformer Stations, without re-conductoring to facilitate the ampacity increase. System benefits include the replacement of aging equipment originally installed in 1970, system loss reduction, improved reliability, and capacity increase.
Estimated Cost= $ 648,476.00           Project #2018-0002


16. Line Relocations due to Municipal Road Improvement requirements.           Category SA
An allowance is maintained for the relocation/construction of distribution facilities to resolve conflicts with planned road works by such Governmental Agencies as the M.T.O., Regional Municipality of Niagara and the various Municipal Agencies within the Service territory. Additions and reinforcement to the distribution system resulting from new construction requests fall under this budget. Tracking is accomplished with individual Project Numbers assigned to the various projects as required within the Corporate Accounting System.
Estimated Costs: $520,813.00 (recoverable $260,000)           Project #2018-0xxx


17. Replacement of Poles identified with limited Structural Integrity.           Category SR
The natural degradation of wooden utility poles is an ongoing issue. Per the Distribution System Code, NPEI performs a site visit of every distribution pole on the System every 5-years, with a total population of 37813. The pole is tested for its integrity, a visual inspection is performed of the equipment installed on the pole by qualified Linesmen, the pole is photographed, guy guards are installed & down grounds are repaired/replaced as required, and test results are stored within the Corporate Geographic Information System. An evaluation of the results are performed, with deficiencies addressed by the replacement of subject poles, in a timely manner, through this Capital Program. In the Niagara Area pole replacements are beginning to level off as cycles begin to repeat, with a structured treatment program implemented during the testing cycle to increase the poles life cycle. The average cost per pole change is approximately $ 5,000.
Estimated Costs: $ 624,352.00           Project #2018-1010/2010


18. Replacement of Kiosks with Transformers, EFD & Posi-tect Switches           Category SR
Prior to the advent of pad-mounted Transformer & Switchgear Equipment, supplying loads larger than could be supplied by pole mounted equipment, or areas serviced from underground primary distribution systems, lead to the development of ground mounted masonry enclosures housing high voltage transformation, switching & protection apparatus, and secondary distribution equipment, known as the Kiosk. These block structures were meant to provide Public Safety but over time, the structures deteriorate and warrant replacement. These are prioritized utilizing the results of a 5-year Conditional Assessment Survey last completed in 2013.This Capital Program is an integral part of the remediation of underground distribution systems, increasing longevity and reliability within the area serviced. As these legacy components are replaced, safety, reliability and service quality are significantly improved. In 1994 the kiosk replacement program was initiated with 725 locations identified. 57-Units remain on the 15KV System, and 60-Units remain on the 5KV System. For 2018 the plan is to replace 1 to 2 units.
Estimated cost: $100,407.00           Project #2018-0020


19. System Sustainment Allowance.           Investment Category SS
This Capital Program manages an allowance for minor projects initiated by unexpected failures/deficiencies of overhead and underground distribution facilities. Replacement of underground cable experiencing repeated failures, is a major contributor covered by this allowance. Minor overhead system modifications and component replacements are also accounted for.
Estimated cost: $ 869,500.00           Project #2018-1007/2007


20. Subdivisions and New Residential Services           Investment Category SA
Lot servicing of existing $417,000.00
Recoverable ($417,000.00)


21. Connection and energizing of new subs           Investment Category SA
Connection and energizing of new subs $482,004.00
Recoverable ($482,004.00)


22. Demand Based System Reinforcements for New Commercial Service Connections.           Investment Category SA
This Capital Program manages an allowance for the construction/upgrade of distribution equipment to facilitate system access connections of new commercial developments. Expansions and reinforcement to the distribution system resulting from these new customer connection requirements fall under this budget allowance.
Estimated Costs: $1,269,425.00           Project #2018-1008/2008
(recoverable $728,000.00)