600 Miles of Aging Cable Restored with Novinium Sustained Pressure Rejuvenation
When Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA) saw their line replacement costs rising faster than projections, they decided to explore Novinium cable rejuvenation. After a pilot project that saved some 40 percent of the cost of replacement, MVEA felt comfortable expanding their use of cable rejuvenation and including it on an ongoing basis.
- Pilot project saved approximately 40 percent of the cost of replacement of the same line
- MVEA now injects approximately 70,000 feet of cable a year
- Mountain View has experienced zero failures in rejuvenated cable
The Company and the Situation
Mountain View Electric Association (MVEA), an electric cooperative in Falcon, Colorado, serves more than 50,000 members across 5,000 square miles east of Colorado Springs. In 1991, MVEA’s service territory included approximately 600 miles of aging unjacketed XLP URD cable. Their asset management plan called for replacing cable that had faulted at least once. They budgeted one million dollars per year for this purpose.
When MVEA management initially learned about Novinium and its process of cable rejuvenation, they were skeptical but curious. MVEA reached out to other electrical cooperatives who have used cable rejuvenation to learn more about the process, the costs, and reliability results in the field.
After several discussions with Novinium customers, MVEA decided to conduct their own pilot cable rejuvenation project. The results from the pilot project proved outstanding. MVEA calculated that they saved approximately 40 percent by rejuvenating cable instead of replacing it. They also determined that the reliability of rejuvenated cable was the same as new cable.