Essential Energy employees will converge on the Glen Innes area this month to complete major maintenance on the electricity network which supplies Glencoe, Stonehenge, parts of Glen Innes and surrounding rural areas. 

Regional manager Northern, Mark Summers, said Essential Energy’s routine inspection programs had identified weaknesses with the electricity network and the maintenance work would ensure these issues were addressed before they caused any problems.

“The project will see crews replace 24 power poles, more than 40 pole cross-arms and various other network hardware components,” Mark said.

“Electricity is supplied to the area by one powerline and can’t be re-routed from an alternative source, so it’s vital that the maintenance work is undertaken to ensure the network remains reliable for customers.”

Due to the scale of the project, some households and businesses may experience up to four planned power outages during the project to enable crews to safely access the network. Affected customers have been notified.

“This is a very large project so we have undertaken significant planning, including bringing in extra crews and equipment, to limit the number of planned power outages which will affect customers,” Mark said.

Glen Innes crews will be assisted by crews and equipment from Goondiwindi, Guyra, Inverell, Warialda and Tenterfield to complete the project.

“We apologise to local households and businesses for any inconvenience caused by the works and associated planned power outages, and we thank them for their understanding as we work to ensure the network remains safe and reliable for their community,” Mark said.