Novinium Quickly Teaches Inland Power and Light Crews to Rejuvenate Multiple Aging Lines
With several projects to complete, Inland Power and Light decided to train crews on the Novinium processes. Cable rejuvenation helped address Inland Power and Light’s most challenging lines and has remained an important part of its asset management plan.
- Pilot with three challenging locations: a strip mall, a rural subdivision, and a golf course
- Novinium and Inland Power and Light crews jointly executed project
- Utility continues to use cable rejuvenation as part of ongoing asset management plan
The Company Size and The Situation
Inland Power and Light, located in the heart of the Northwest, has provided electricity to more than 35,000 commercial, residential, and agricultural customers in eastern Washington and northern Idaho since 1937. The utility is the largest electric cooperative in Washington and the second-largest electric utility in the region. During the 1970’s, Inland experienced record levels of growth. Today, cable installed during that period is starting to fail.
The utility decided to rejuvenate #2 cable in three locations: 3-phase around a strip mall, a rural subdivision with rear-lot transformers, and 3-phase through a golf course. The cost of replacement would have been very high because of the downtime and restoration across the golf course and a major road crossing. Another section of a 4/0 3-phase cable run had a steep incline and would have been very difficult for any heavy digging equipment to access.