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​Current and u​pcoming Rossdale projects

​EPCOR is responsible for building, maintaining, and upgrading the electrical transmission and water distribution systems in Edmonton. As the system ages, infrastructure requires maintenance and upgrades to ensure the safe, reliable delivery of power and water.
​​ There will be construction work in the Rossdale area on the following:

El​e​c​tricity projects at Rossdale

  • Rossdale Substation Thermal Backfill Project​ (August 2021)
  • Rossdale Underground Distribution Cable Project (August 2021)
  • Bellamy Pump Plant Project (August/September 2021)
  • Rossdale Substation Cable Tray Project (October 2021)
  • Rossdale Substation Circuit Breaker Replacement Project​  (October/November 2021)

Water projects at Rossdale

  • Reservoir Roof Upgra​de ​(June - October 2021)​​​​​​​​

​El​e​c​tricity projects at Rossdale

​​Rossdale Substation Thermal Backfill Project​ - August 2021 (2 weeks)

EPCOR is planning to perform maintenance on an underground transmission cable within the Rossdale Substation (shown in pink on the map). Certain soil types can cause transmission cables to overheat and shorten their life expectancy. This project will involve changing the type of soil backfill around the cables to increase heat transfer, so the cables do not overheat and can operate at optimal levels. 

Due to the sensitive nature of the area, we will work with archaeology experts to monitor any ground excavations that occur on this project. The existing backfill material will be removed using both hand excavation and a hydrovac to the depth of 1.5 metres. Once the old backfill is removed, the new high thermal backfill material will be put in place. This work is scheduled to begin in late August and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Rossdale Underground Distribution Cable Project​ - August 2021 (4 weeks)

In order to continue to provide safe and reliable power, we will be installing a new underground electrical distribution cable along the north side of 97 Avenue (shown in green on the map). This cable will be installed using a horizontal directional drill, which will involve setting up small drill sites and pushing the new cable underground. Above ground electrical transformers and a cubicle will be required to support this new underground cable. Signs will be used to detour traffic and pedestrians around the work areas. 

Once the work is complete, all worksites will be repaired according to City standards with backfill and sod. This work is scheduled to start in August and will take approximately four weeks to complete.

Bellamy Pump Plant Project​ - August/September 2021 (6 weeks)

The equipment inside the existing Bellamy Pump Plant (shown in orange on the map) is nearing the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced. Some of our underground electrical transmission lines are insulated in oil. The Bellamy Pump Plant helps circulate the oil to keep these transmissions lines operating at optimal levels. EPCOR will be replacing the pumps and equipment inside the building and relocating a nitrogen tank to the outside of the building, which will be enclosed in a cabinet. This work is expected to occur starting in late August and be completed by the end of September 2021.

Rossdale Substation Cable Tray Project - October 2021 (2 weeks)

A new cable trench needs to be installed next to the existing Rossdale Substation building to contain new electrical cables required for current and future projects (shown in blue on the map). Construction on the new cable tray is scheduled to begin in October 2021 and is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete.

Rossdale Substation Circuit Breaker Replacement Project - October/November 2021​ (5 weeks)

​A circuit breaker in the Rossdale Substation is nearing the end of its useful life and need to be replaced. The new breaker will be placed in the same location as the old one shown in yellow on the map). This project is expected to start in the fall and take approximately five weeks to complete.


Electricity project maps

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Electricity project construction impacts​

Following is a list of what you can expect during our project work in the Rossdale area.

Power outages

A planned power outage will be required to complete the Rossdale Underground Distribution Project. Affected customers will be notified in advance of the power outage.

Noise​

This work will be noisy at times and involve the use of hydrovac trucks, a horizontal directional drill, and other heavy machinery. We will comply with the City of Edmonton’s Community Standards Bylaw for Noise Control. If it is necessary to temporarily exceed acceptable noise levels, we will work with the City of Edmonton to obtain the necessary permits.

Safety

All work areas will be maintained in a safe and secure manner. All construction activities will be performed in accordance with the City of Edmonton’s bylaws, Occupational Health and Safety requirements and EPCOR’s strict health, safety, and environmental procedures and guidelines.​


​About the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)

Alberta's electrical system is regulated by the AUC. The AUC is an independent quasi-judicial agency that ensures that the delivery of Alberta's utility services takes place in a manner that is fair, responsible and in the public interest. The AUC must approve this project before EPCOR can begin work. For more information about how you can participate in the regulatory process, please visit the AUC’s website.

For more information about the regulatory process and how you can participate, please contact:

Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)
Toll-free: 310-4282
Phone: 1 (833) 511-4282
AUC booklet: Public involvement in a proposed utility development

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Wat​er ​projects​​ at Rossdale

​Reservoir Roof Upgr​ade - June to October 2021​

​In June we started construction work to rehabilitate one of our underground drinking water storage reservoirs at Rossdale. This work is part of our ongoing strategy to rehabilitate and upgrade our infrastructure in order to increase the longevity of our assets. EPCOR is installing a waterproof membrane assembly on the roof of the Rossdale Reservoir (shown in purple on the map below). This will involve excavating and removing the existing grass and soil on top of, and around, the reservoir. While preparing the roof for construction we will be using dust control practices. Once the roof is prepared we will then install the waterproof membrane. The fence and sidewalk along the west side of the reservoir will be temporarily relocated during construction, and reinstalled at the end of the project. The existing fence around the reservoir will be moved back slightly and raised on concrete blocks to secure the construction site. The soil and grass overtop of the reservoir will also be restored once construction is complete.

This reservoir rehabilitation work will take approximately four months. We started construction in June and plan to be complete by early October 2021.​

Water project map


Water project construction impacts

The following is a list of what you can expect to see in the Rossdale project area during construction.​​​​​​

​Visual

You can expect to see activity that is typical to construction, including company/contractor vehicles and equipment along Rossdale Road NW. There may be an increased presence of trucks and other industrial equipment in your neighborhood and at the Water Treatment Plant (listed below) necessary to remove the soil on top of the reservoir, install a new reservoir roof, move the soil back on top of the reservoir and restore the grass in the area.

Noise

This project will create typical noise associated with construction. The work will involve the use of additional equipment and machinery onsite, including:

  • Excavators during soil removal
  • Gravel or dump trucks to move soil
  • Bobcats
  • Truck and vehicle traffic
  • Small-scale cranes or picker trucks
  • Shot-blasting and abrasive blasting equipment
  • Waterproofing torches or machines

We will comply with the City of Edmonton's Community Standards Bylaw for Noise Control. If it is necessary to temporarily exceed acceptable noise levels, we will work with the City of Edmonton to obtain the necessary permits.

Worksite

All of the proposed work will take place within EPCOR's property line. The work site will be maintained in a safe and secure manner. All construction activities will be performed in accordance with the City of Edmonton's bylaws, Occupational Health and Safety requirements, as well as EPCOR's health, safety and environmental procedures and guidelines.​​​​