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March 2

Veridian turns on new substation in Cannington

Ajax, ON – Veridian Connections Inc. (Veridian) recently energized a brand new substation to power the entire Village of Cannington in Brock Township. The new ‘Laidlaw Substation,’ named after the village’s main road on which it’s located, began supplying electricity to the community on February 19th.

The new substation has a total capacity of 5,000 kVA (kilovolt-amps) – 60 per cent more than the old station it replaces – and features a combination of state of the art modular enclosed equipment and modern traditional outdoor equipment. It is designed to Veridian’s current standards, calling for duplicate or redundant major components, minimizing the impact of any possible equipment failure and eliminating the need to turn the power off in the community when major maintenance work is required.

“Veridian was pleased to work closely with Brock’s municipal officials to see this project through to completion – a process that took several years in planning and involved the relocation of power lines from Laidlaw Street to Munro Street,” said Axel Starck, Executive Vice President – Asset Services and Chief Operating Officer. “Equipment upgrades such as this one bring longevity to our distribution system, lower costs, improve reliability and reduce maintenance requirements.”

Due to its close proximity to the Beaver River, an innovative environmental safeguard known as SorbWebTM has been incorporated into the substation’s design. In the unlikely event of an oil spill, the SorbWeb containment system would safely retain the oil in a holding area for clean-up and safe disposal.

The Laidlaw Station completely replaces the old Cannington Station, which was located on Munro Street East behind Cannington Town Hall. The Cannington Station was originally built in the 1920s and had a power transformer from 1956. The station will be dismantled, the site cleared by Veridian and the land will be turned over to the Township.

Attention Reporters: A photo of the Laidlaw Substation is available for use by contacting Chris Mace at or 905-427-9870, extension 2218.

Veridian Connections Inc. safely and reliably delivers electricity to more than 115,000 customers in the Cities of Pickering and Belleville, the Towns of Ajax, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, and the communities of Uxbridge, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Orono, Port Perry, Beaverton, Sunderland and Cannington. Veridian Connections Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veridian Corporation. The City of Pickering, the Town of Ajax, the Municipality of Clarington and the City of Belleville jointly own Veridian Corporation.

For more information, contact:

Chris Mace
Sales & PR Representative – Corporate Communications
Veridian Connections Inc.
905-427-9870, extension 2218