JOHN DAY – Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative crews were busy at the John Day substation last week, replacing outdated equipment and making other improvements.
Lara Petitclerc-Stokes, OTEC spokeswoman, said the work included routine replacement of two 69-kilovolt transmission circuit breakers and some general maintenance work. The equipment being replaced was more than 50 years old.
The new circuit breakers will provide improved protection for transmission lines from John Day to Prairie City and Unity and to Seneca and Burns, she said. They also are expected to be maintenance free.
OTEC also is painting part of the structure.
The work, expected to wrap up July 2, is not related to the plans to erect a new fire station on adjacent property.