A Country Energy chopper hovers above local banana plantations.
A Country Energy chopper hovers above local banana plantations.

Sandy Beach gets power upgrade

WHAT do you get when you cross a helicopter, five tonnes of aluminium and a banana plantation?

A better and more reliable power supply, of course.

Country Energy combined all of these elements recently as it worked on a $300,000 power upgrade that will benefit Sandy Beach and surrounds, providing a reliable back-up power supply and boosting network capacity to cater for future growth.

Country Energy’s regional general manager Mid North Coast, Brian Mclean, said a helicopter was used to replace around four kilometres, or five tonnes, of powerlines through harsh terrain and banana plantations, allowing easier access to the electrical infrastructure.

“Country Energy is always looking for better ways to upgrade our network,” Brian said.

“That’s why we brought in a helicopter to replace the powerline cable in an area that’s almost impossible to access by road because of steep, rocky terrain and dense vegetation.”

“We’ll now recycle the existing steel and aluminium powerlines and replace them with larger capacity aluminium line, proven to be stronger, more reliable and longer lasting.”

This investment will allow Country Energy greater flexibility to manage the electricity network, minimising any inconvenience for customers in the event of unplanned power interruptions caused by things like wild weather.

Country Energy crews are working in Sandy Beach along Johnsons Road and Holloways Road, with work on the project expected to be wrapped up by the end of next month.

“We understand that planned power interruptions associated with this project may cause some inconvenience, and Country Energy thanks residents for their patience and understanding as we work to improve their electricity supply,” Brian said.

The project is part of $100 million planned network investment across the Mid North Coast this financial year.



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