Electricity network upgrade begins in Dalmeny

File photo.
File photo.

Essential Energy will be upgrading the overhead electricity distribution network in the Dalmeny area over the coming months to ensure the ongoing safety and reliability of the local power supply.

Regional manager Southern, Steven Ilitch said the project, which commences in mid-July, was specifically targeted at upgrading network equipment in close proximity to the ocean.

“Local crews will replace two power poles, 84 cross-arms and several spans of high voltage powerlines as well as upgrading two transformers and existing electrical equipment at various locations around Dalmeny,” Mr Ilitch said.

“To minimise the impact on customers, Essential Energy will use specialised ‘live line’ crews, where possible, to work on the electricity network while it’s still energised.

“Due to the scale of the project, six planned power outages will be necessary between August and September so we’ll be notifying affected residents and businesses in advance to allow time to make alternative arrangements.

“The outages are required to ensure crews have safe access to the electricity network. Most customers will experience no more than two power outages throughout the project.”

The first power outage is scheduled for between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Tuesday, July 18, conditions permitting. The subsequent outages will occur in August and September.

Customers can access handy online tips about how to prepare for power outages by visiting: essentialenergy.com.au/outages

Essential Energy advises that changes to local traffic arrangements will be necessary throughout the duration of the project.

These will be undertaken by an accredited specialist to minimise inconvenience to motorists and ensure the safety of employees, contractors and the community.

Road users are advised that these changes may include reduced speed limits and minor traffic delays.

“We thank the Dalmeny community for its patience and understanding while we work to strengthen the local electricity network,” Mr Ilitch said.

The project is expected to be completed by late September 2017.