Time will be running faster this weekend, at least on old mechanical clocks.
While BC Hydro crews repair a reactor on the line between Prince Rupert and Prince George this weekend, the North Coast will be islanded from Saturday, 14 July to Sunday, 15 July from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Islanded is a term used to describe when an area, such a Prince Rupert, is disconnected from the main grid and is its own separate island of power.
“Your area is lucky to have several smaller sources for power that make this possible. In other areas it would mean no power,” BC Hydro spokesperson, Dave Mosure, said.
The community will still be energized by its backup generator, the Prince Rupert Gas Plant, which was what the city relied on for power after an avalanche damaged a transmission tower next to the Skeena River.
Mosure said the power will be run a little bit faster to take care of power fluctuations, resulting in older mechanical clocks will be running fast.
While the line is de-energized, BC Hydro crews will also perform other maintenance duties to avoid islanding Prince Rupert in the near future.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as crews work to make these necessary repairs as quickly as can be done, safely,” Mosure said.