Power boost for main arm

Country Energy is investing more than $250,000 to improve electricity supply reliability in the Main Arm area.

Far North Coast regional general manager, Brian Glawson, said the project involved replacing more than two kilometres of powerlines along Main Arm Road from Palmwoods Road to The Pocket Road.

Mr Glawson said the upgrade would improve the supply reliability for people living in the Palmwoods, Verdue Valley, Blindmouth, The Pocket and Upper Pocket areas.

He said Country Energy provided an essential service and the new larger gauge aluminium conductors being installed would assist in providing a more robust power supply to the residents of this growing area.

As part of the project, crews will work 'live line' to replace 11 power poles and a number of cross-arms in preparation for the heavier high-voltage conductors.

“The work is scheduled over six weeks, and while Country Energy will do as much of it 'live' as possible to avoid inconvenience to customers, for safety reasons it will be necessary to have three planned interruptions,” said Mr Glawson.

“Households will be advised in advance when these are due to occur.”

In the past year, the Main Arm area has experienced a number of severe weather events that have resulted in damage to equipment and vegetation being blown across powerlines, causing supply interruptions.

The project is scheduled to begin later this month.

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