ComEd and Intren Celebrate 2,000 Miles of Reliable Cable
Novinium, Comed, and Intren Celebrate 2,000 Miles of Reliable Cable
Kent, Washington, USA — September 30, 2014 — Novinium announced the completion of 2,000 miles of underground cable (either injected or replaced), as part of a multi-year underground (URD) cable reliability program. Novinium celebrated this milestone with the partners who made it possible, ComEd and Intren at ComEd’s headquarters in downtown Chicago.
To date, more than three million feet of URD cable on the ComEd distribution system have been injected using CableCURE technology. In this large project, Novinium has partnered with Intren, a Chicago-area cable replacement contractor. Together, Novinium and Intren have served ComEd with a comprehensive “Assess, Treat or Replace” (ATR) program. Program specs included: Older cable in the ComEd URD system is identified and assessed, then determined to be either injectable or a candidate for replacement The cable that can be treated is injected by Novinium using CableCURE fluids and methods. Cable that cannot be injected is replaced by Intren using primarily directional boring methods. Novinium has provided cable rejuvenation services for ComEd since 2007, and this particular large scale URD cable ATR reliability program ramped up considerably when the Electrical Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA) was passed by the Illinois legislature in 2011. As a result of this act, additional states have passed similar measures and more utilities will require large scale cable rehabilitation projects that may include injection as a cost savings component.
Nationwide, utilities are reinvesting in their infrastructure and focusing more on the reliability of their distribution grids. “Although Novinium has used its CableCURE process to rejuvenate more than 100 million feet of cable, there are still millions of feet of older cable in the ground that have not yet been replaced nor injected. Without replacement or injection, failure rates will accelerate and utilities will have higher levels of customer complaints and regulatory non-compliance. Novinium is well-positioned to participate in this infrastructure reinvestment as the global leader in power cable life-extension technologies.”
Novinium’s technology solutions address circuit owners’ infrastructure problems at a fraction of the cost of existing methods, save energy, save natural resources, and reduce greenhouse gases by eliminating the need for additional production of copper and polymers for new cables. Founded in 2003 by the experts who invented cable rejuvenation at Dow Corning in the 1980s, Novinium’s patented injection process rejuvenates and extends the reliable life of cable up to 40 years. Headquartered in suburban Seattle, the privately held company is the recognized technology leader in cable rejuvenation and was honored as one of Seattle’s 2013 Best Places to Work. Further information is available at www.novinium.com.