Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative will replace an aged transformer at the Seneca substation at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14. While OTEC crews are working to replace the transformer, power will be out in Seneca. The outage is expected to last approximately four hours, according to an OTEC press release.
Replacing the transformer now will eliminate potential problems in the future, according to Charlie Tracy, OTEC director of engineering and operations.
“Replacing the Seneca transformer has been a part of OTEC’s long-range plan for several years,” he said. “We felt that we squeezed as much life out of this unit as we possibly could. We are ready to replace it before it fails and causes larger problems.”
The new transformer will add extra load capacity in the area for future growth.
The $206,000 Seneca upgrade project will be the third substation upgrade on the OTEC system this year. Earlier this summer, the cooperative upgraded the Conley Creek Substation outside of La Grande and the Hughes Lane Substation in Baker City.