LOW flying aircraft will inspect powerlines and associated network infrastructure in the Bombala area as part of Essential Energy’s annual aerial maintenance and fire prevention program.
Inspections will operate in daylight hours and are planned to commence early April and continue to early May, weather conditions permitting. Essential Energy’s regional general manager South Eastern, Phillip Green, said that the aerial patrols help to protect the community by providing early identification of potential problems areas.
“Aerial inspections are perfect for patrolling and inspecting overhead powerlines because they are fast and effective and are not dependent on ground conditions or road access,” Phillip said.
“By taking to the sky we can carefully examine the electricity network and easily pinpoint potential weaknesses, including faults, areas where the network has suffered damage from storms, or vegetation encroaching on powerlines.
“Once identified, Essential Energy will send in a ground crew directly to the site to fix up any problems.”
Essential Energy thoroughly and comprehensively inspects its electricity network which covers more than 95 per cent of NSW.
Inspections include 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 to Essential Energy customers. “Essential Energy is dedicated to improving electricity reliability and supply in the Bombala region and ongoing maintenance is the keystone to delivering a dependable network service.”
Phillip said the inspections will be carried out with a single engine aircraft, purpose built to minimise the noise and impact on residents. “The plane that will be used in the patrols is a grey high wing aircraft equipped with special high-resolution digital cameras, GPS equipment and computers, which improve visibility and allow our team to get a better snapshot of our system.
“Owners of sensitive animals can advise Essential Energy on 13 23 91 if they require a ‘no fly’ zone or any further information relating to aerial patrols in their area,” Phillip said.