Work begins on $2m high-voltage powerline reconfiguration for Port Lincoln

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In the catastrophic bushfire conditions seen last year, SA Power Networks made the difficult decision on three occasions to cut power to the Port Lincoln and Lower Eyre Peninsula areas to avoid risk to lives and property.

To keep power on in catastrophic bushfire conditions, SA Power Networks has announced work has begun on a $2 million project to reconfigure a key high-voltage powerline that runs into Port Lincoln from the north east.

While the township is not in bushfire risk area, it is affected in these situations because the main powerlines supplying the substations in Port Lincoln pass through high bushfire risk areas around the town.

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SA Power Networks is installing taller poles with wider cross arms on its main supply line, which SA Power Networks CEO Rob Stobbe says will reduce the risk of lines clashing during high winds that we see in catastrophic conditions.

“With this cost-effective engineering solution reducing the risk, we will be able to keep the power on for as many residents and businesses as possible,” Mr Stobbe says.

“People in the government-declared bushfire risk area on the outskirts of Port Lincoln and in regional areas across the lower Eyre Peninsula may still experience disconnections in catastrophic fire conditions.”

The upgrade will be completed before the fire danger season starts.

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