Clarence Way energised by upgrade
COUNTRY Energy crews were out in force yesterday on the Clarence Way, working on a major project to improve the power supply to local residents.
“It was 'all hands on deck' as we called in more than 40 workers from our Grafton and Maclean field service centres,” regional general manager Richard Wake said.
“Four crane borers were on site, drilling holes for new poles and installing them, and we also used three elevated work platform vehicles to enable our linesmen to work at all heights as required.
“Country Energy informed residents that while they try to do maintenance using our 'live line' workers to avoid interrupting the power supply, this wasn't possible in this instance.”
Mr Wake said the $530,000 upgrade, which should bring far greater reliability to the area including Copmanhurst and Baryulgil, included replacing existing steel powerlines with heavier gauge aluminium conductors for more than 10km.
A second planned interruption will take place on May 21 to install the new conductors, weather permitting.
“The Copmanhurst area is regularly hit during storm season and the work we're doing now will strengthen the electricity network and reduce the likelihood of unplanned interruptions occurring,” Mr Wake said.
“Included in our plans is construction of a new connection between two high-voltage powerlines in the area, which will enable us to provide a back-up supply to customers in the event of an interruption.”