Switched on again, the power's ok

THE lights again went out for some Coffs Coast residents early yesterday, but this time it was all part of a cunning plan.

Country Energy crews cut supply from 12am to 2am to complete emergency repairs on the electricity network surrounding the Sawtell zone substation.

About 2600 households and firms were affected as workers re-adjusted the powerline tension in this section to stop a reoccurrence of blackouts plaguing the area.

“Since storms and floods hit the area on March 30, the residents serviced by the Raleigh and Sawtell zone substations have experienced a series of intermittent power supply interruptions,” Country Energy regional general manager Andrew Latta said.

“After extensive investigations, we have identified a fault on a newly-constructed section of powerlines which resulted in intermittent contact between two powerlines.

“The powerlines were constructed just prior to the recent severe storm conditions and floods. At one point, this area was subject to almost two metres of flood water.

“Under certain conditions, the clearance between two of the powerlines was reduced, and windy conditions are believed to have caused the powerlines to contact each other, which then triggered the fault.”

Mr Latta said Country Energy was sorry for the inconvenience caused by the power interruptions and appreciated the patience of its customers.

For more details, contact Country Energy on 13 23 56.

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