Powercor makes tracks with new crane

Powercor's new tracked crane works on powerlines
Image: Jack Horner, Powercor

Powercor has taken delivery of a new tracked crane in Colac, specifically designed to assist with the maintenance and construction of parts of the electricity network in difficult terrain.

The heavy crane, known as a PERU, is used in the maintenance and construction of powerlines, live-line work, transformer changes, installation of screw anchors, carting of poles, foundation drilling.

The crane’s tracked design helps crews access some hard to reach areas, including boggy terrain.

This comes after Powercor’s Colac depot also secured a tracked Elevated Work Platform (EWP) vehicle last year, as crews tackled maintenance in one of the wetter winters for the south west in recent years.

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Powercor Construction project Leader at Colac, Jack Horner, said the new tracked PERU crane was a game changer for works in the region.

“We wanted a practical solution that not only works at Colac but could help other depots as well,” Mr Horner said.

“Ultimately, the tracked PERU’S functionality makes it much easier, efficient and safer for us to as we work to minimise power outages for our customers.”

The performance of the PERU will be assessed in Colac and then considered for wider deployment across the Powercor network.