Monday, December 18, 2017

Infrastructure inspections commence across the region

Editor May 2, 2012

THE broader Shepparton region including Cobram, Kyabram, Mooroopna, Numurkah, Shepparton and Stanhope is among areas across Victoria to benefit from Powercor’s inspection of high voltage power lines.
In the coming weeks, Powercor crews will be in the area as inspectors use cameras mounted on vehicles to detect potential faults.
The inspection program involves the use of a specialised fault finding camera that can detect potential problems not visible to the naked eye. Thermographic Camera images show ‘hot spots’ on power infrastructure and Corona Camera images display electrical current leakage as a cloud of light.
These high-tech images help identify potentially faulty electrical equipment, reducing the likelihood of pole fires and power outages.
Regional Asset Manager, Ian Gillingham said, these camera technologies enable the early detection of faults.
“By picking up potential problems early, we are able to carry out repairs and rectify situations that could potentially lead to black outs.
“Urgent repair works identified through the inspections are carried out within 24 hours and less urgent jobs are completed within 18 weeks.”
The inspection program of main electricity lines, known as feeders, is an important component of Powercor’s long term commitment to providing a safe, reliable power supply to all of its customers.