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Fortis to Assist with PPC's Feeder Rebuilding

Fortis to Assist with PPC's Feeder Rebuilding 24Feb 2011

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands, Thursday, 24th February 2011 - A six week project which is part of PPC's Transmission and Distribution Capital investment programme for 2011 is currently being undertaken by the utility company as it seeks to rebuild its feeder network system along the Leeward Highway.

Thirteen employees from Fortis' subsidiaries in Canada who are trained and qualified in handling energised lines, are on the ground assisting PPC's linesmen and contractors as they completely replace the main feeder along Leeward Highway from PPC's Power Plant to Blue Hills Round-a-bout.

Mr. Devon Cox, PPC's Director of Transmission and Distribution Operations said, "We wanted to have a smooth transition without causing interruptions to our customers. In order for this to happen we had to team up with members of Fortis who are qualified in dealing with energised lines."

Mr. Cox added, "The rebuilding of the main feeder is vital as we continue to improve our reliability to customers. Once completed the system will be able to accommodate the increasing load and will reduce electrical losses. PPC will also be installing a second circuit on the same pole line to provide the transmission link to a new substation proposed for Blue Hills later in 2011."

PPC Ltd is also using this rebuilding project as a training opportunity for its linesmen.