High-voltage electricity supply across South Australia remains stable again today, after the majority of the network was successfully restored earlier in the week.
Repairs to damage on the Eyre Peninsula transmission line near Tumby Bay, allowed sufficient transmission network connection points to be energised to enable SA Power Networks to supply all of their residential customers across the state.
Some large industrial customers still remain without full power supplies.
Simon Emms, Executive Manager Network Services, said ElectraNet’s focus was now on the state’s mid-north, where storms damaged three of the four backbone lines running through the area.
“Power supply from the mid-north of the state, around to Port Augusta, and down the Eyre Peninsula, is currently relying on the one undamaged circuit,” he said.
“Our crews have mobilised and begun preparatory work to erect temporary towers that will get the damaged circuits back in action.
“If all goes well and things like weather, site access or soil conditions don’t slow or stop us, we hope to have one of the damaged circuits back up and energised, by the end of next weekend. Another circuit should then follow, a couple of days later.”
Whilst the one undamaged line is the only point of supply for the northern part of the transmission network, any high wind or lightning in the area brings further risk of blackouts.
“The line has been patrolled, so we are confident in its capability, and crews are on standby to respond at a moment’s notice.
“There are storms expected later tonight, and although they don’t look to be anywhere near what we experienced earlier in the week, people should know that more supply interruptions could happen.
“We understand the inconvenience of being without power and appreciate the patience South Australians have shown as we have restored the network, during this widespread and unprecedented weather event.”
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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