1:25 PM

Repairs to damaged transmission lines in the state’s mid-north are well underway, with crews undertaking a range of activities despite challenging circumstances.

ElectraNet’s Executive Manager Network Services, Simon Emms, said the return of calmer weather and some sunshine should help crews to access the site and construct temporary towers.

“Safety of the public, our staff and our contractors has been central to our restoration efforts,” he said.

“If all goes well and things like weather, site access and soil conditions don’t slow or stop us, we hope to have one of the damaged circuits back up by the end of the weekend and energised soon after. Another circuit will follow a few days later.”

He said full power supplies were yet to be restored to some industrial customers.

“Getting two of the three damaged circuits back online should allow us to meet the large majority, or all, of this need, and we’re working as hard as we can to achieve this.”

ElectraNet Chief Executive, Steve Masters, said the organisation had now been able to review today’s preliminary report into the incident by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

“AEMO’s report provides a valuable timeline of the events which led to the state-wide blackout last week,” he said.

“We will continue to work with both AEMO and former Police Commissioner Gary Burns as they progress their respective reviews.

“It’s important that all of the facts are gathered in an organised way, so that everyone involved can learn from this incident.”


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