Network scrutinised

Residents in Bourke, Louth, Wanaaring, Cobar, Nyngan, Girilambone, Coolabah, Hermidale and surrounding areas can expect to see low-flying aircraft inspecting powerlines from the beginning of May through to the end of July, as Essential Energy carries out its annual aerial maintenance inspections.

Weather permitting, these inspections will operate every day during daylight hours.

Essential Energy’s regional general manager far west and water operations, Guy Chick said the inspections were an important part of Essential Energy’s annual maintenance program to provide a safe and efficient electricity supply to customers.

“Aerial inspections are the perfect tool for patrolling and inspecting overhead powerlines.

“It is a fast and effective method and is not dependent on ground conditions or powerline access,” Mr Chick said

“Taking to the sky allows us to systematically assess the electricity network and easily pinpoint potential weaknesses, including faults, areas where the network has suffered damage from storms or where there is vegetation overhanging powerlines.

“Once identified we are then able to send in an Essential Energy crew directly to the site to address these problems,” he said.

“The inspections are carried out by fixed wing aircraft, fitted with high-resolution digital cameras, GPS equipment and computers which improve visibility, allowing our team to get a better snapshot of our network,” he added.

Essential Energy’s comprehensive check of the network includes the scrutiny of poles and wires from above as well as from the ground, ensuring the network is in the best possible condition to provide safe and reliable power supply to customers.

“Owners of sensitive animals should also advise Essential Energy on 13 20 80 if they require a no-fly zone so arrangements can be made prior to aerial inspections starting,” Mr Chick said.

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