High-voltage electricity transmission supply has been restored to all but a few isolated pockets of South Australia following Wednesday afternoon’s state-wide blackout.
The blackout was caused by severe and wide-spread weather conditions, which the Bureau of Meteorology describe as being the worst in 50 years.
Severe weather across the state last night did not result in any additional damage to ElectraNet infrastructure and calmer conditions forecast over the next few days are expected to assist repair efforts.
Crews are currently working to repair faults on a transmission line to Port Lincoln which have prevented power from being restored to the lower Eyre Peninsula.
ElectraNet is working in close consultation with the Australian Energy Market Operator to restore power and ensure power supplies remain stable across the state.
Work has also commenced to repair three major transmission lines between Adelaide and the north of the state that were damaged during Wednesday’s storm. Currently, power is being supplied by a fourth transmission line that was undamaged.
Temporary and replacement transmission towers are being brought into South Australia from interstate and are expected to arrive in coming days to replace 22 towers severely damaged by strong winds on Wednesday.
ElectraNet repair crews will continue to work throughout the weekend to stabilise and secure power across the State.
SA Police and State Emergency Services are working hard in the field to ensure public safety. Anyone who sees damaged powerlines or fallen infrastructure should stay well clear and report them to ElectraNet on 08 8404 7966.
Additional information on the wider storm recovery effort is available from the South Australian disaster recovery line on 1800 302 787.
Further updates will be provided as they become available.
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