Tunnel will help supply power to new downtown station
TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro has completed a major milestone in the construction of the Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station, located in downtown Toronto. Following a complicated excavation project resembling a mining operation, a tunnel connecting the new station to Hydro One equipment has been recently completed.
Invisible from street level, the tunnel runs underground from Bremner Boulevard and Rees Street to Front and Simcoe Streets. When construction is complete, electricity will flow through large cables in the tunnel to supply the station, while pedestrians walk above the streets, oblivious of the power below their feet.
Copeland Station represents an important piece of Toronto's infrastructure and a smart investment in the grid. Once finished, it will provide additional power to the downtown core - which is growing at an unprecedented rate - as well as help improve reliability and protection against power outages.
Construction on Copeland Station is ongoing and is expected to be completed in 2016. This innovative project is only the second underground station to be built in Canada and has been uniquely designed to preserve public green space beside the Roundhouse, a historical building.
"The completion of this stage of work is a turning point. Copeland Station represents an important piece of Toronto's infrastructure and a smart investment in the grid. It's needed to help power the growth of the city, while respecting public green spaces."
"Investing in the electricity grid is critical. When completed, Toronto Hydro's Copeland Station will help strengthen and modernize our shared energy infrastructure, ensuring efficient and reliable electricity supply for a growing population and a vibrant city."
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Video with caption: "Video: The making of Copeland Station". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20150625_C9952_VIDEO_EN_43875.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20150625_C9952_PHOTO_EN_43875.jpg&clientName=Toronto%20Hydro%20Corporation&caption=Video%3A%20The%20making%20of%20Copeland%20Station&title=TORONTO%20HYDRO%20CORPORATION%20%2D%20Toronto%20Hydro%20unveils%20hidden%20tunnel%20during%20construction%20of%20transformer%20station&headline=Toronto%20Hydro%20unveils%20hidden%20tunnel%20during%20construction%20of%20transformer%20station
Image with caption: "Toronto Hydro President and CEO, Anthony Haines, inside Copeland Station tunnel (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150625_C9952_PHOTO_EN_43882.jpg
Image with caption: "Recently completed Copeland Station tunnel (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150625_C9952_PHOTO_EN_43881.jpg
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