Concrete poles deliver powerful connections

NSW transmission network operator, TransGrid has reached the final stage of its $2 million pole replacement program between Orange and Molong.

TransGrid central region manager, Ian Davidson said over the past 12 months TransGrid has made a significant investment in upgrading its transmission infrastructure.

“By replacing wooden poles with concrete ones, we are making a long-term investment to increase the longevity and security of the region’s electricity supply infrastructure,” Mr Davidson said.

“By using modern materials that require less maintenance, we are strengthening the line and ensuring a more reliable power supply for the central west,” he said.

“We have now replaced approximately 100 structures along the entire length of the line, with only a few still to be replaced near Molong.”

In order to complete the works, TransGrid will need to transport, secure and erect the final five poles, which each weigh approximately seven tonnes and are over 22 m in height.

“The pole replacement program is an effort from staff from TransGrid’s Orange regional centre as well as local contractors, to upgrade the security of electricity infrastructure in the area,” Mr Davidson said.