Essential Energy use a helicopter to assist in their line work at Ramornie.
Essential Energy use a helicopter to assist in their line work at Ramornie. Debrah Novak

Chopper in line upgrade

ESSENTIAL Energy went to great heights yesterday to improve the power supply to Ramornie and surrounds, using a helicopter to install new cables across the Orara River.

The company used the helicopter to help complete the $500,000 project to replace more than seven kilometres of powerline along the Gwydir Highway.

“This upgrade will increase the capacity of the local electricity supply, as well as improving power reliability and quality,” regional general manager Far North Coast Richard Wake said.

“Upgrading the power supply will also allow for the use of three-phase technology, which will be particularly useful for local farmers who want to utilise different types of agricultural equipment, such as heavy duty water pumps.”



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