ElectraNet has commenced annual aerial inspections of its high voltage transmission lines across the state as part of its bushfire readiness program.

Group Executive Network Services, Simon Emms, said aerial inspections of ElectraNet’s transmission lines is an important part of ensuring the safety of the South Australian public and the power network in the lead-up to the bushfire season.

“ElectraNet is committed to operating and maintaining an efficient and safe transmission network,” Simon said.

“We have more than 5,600 kilometres of transmission lines supported by over 13,900 structures across South Australia and over the next three months our contractors will be using drones and helicopters to inspect these assets.

“The aim of the inspections is to identify any fire-start defects or obstructions on the network, which will then be safely removed.

“By identifying and addressing any issues, we are reducing the possibility of supply interruptions to customers and improving the safety and security of our state’s transmission network.”

Aerial inspections will occur along all major transmission lines across South Australia at locations including:

  • Mount Lofty Ranges
  • Adelaide Plains
  • Upper and Mid North
  • Flinders Ranges
  • Eyre Peninsula
  • Yorke Peninsula
  • Upper and Lower South East

Further inspections will occur later in the year, beginning in November and finishing in January 2021.

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