Line crews were servicing power lines in Otipua.
Trucks, utes, and orange cones were lining Beaconsfield Road during the last few weeks while NETcon’s line crews were working on a large maintenance project.
The project south of Timaru is part of the routine maintenance program in order to provide stable power supply in the area. The project included a variety of upgrade and repair work: Transformers were bolted and secured to cross arms as a preventative measure for earthquakes. Modern drop-out fuses were installed to replace the old-style 11kV isolating fuses. Brown porcelain insulator discs were upgraded to glass discs as they proof to be more resistant.
The on-site work took three weeks and involved:
- crews of 24 people, including four line mechanics from the West Coast;
- fleet of two line trucks, six utes, and four elevated bucket trucks; and
- traffic management provided by SJ Allan.
The project will be finished by mid December.