Shoalhaven high voltage power lines testing

Up in the sky it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… just a TransGrid helicopter checking its high voltage transmission lines.

Up in the sky it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… just a TransGrid helicopter checking its high voltage transmission lines.

Residents should not be alarmed at a low-flying helicopter in various parts of the Shoalhaven over the next week.

TransGrid is conducting aerial inspections of its high voltage transmission lines.

The local inspections are set to take place from Monday through until Friday.

TransGrid operates the high voltage network in NSW and the ACT, connecting generators, distributors and major end users.

“Our annual aerial patrol inspections are part of our comprehensive transmission line maintenance program, which is critical to help ensure reliability and safety of the public, our staff and network,” said community engagement specialist Melissa Maurer.

The annual inspections are conducted in early spring to identify and address any issues prior to summer.

A specialist team will inspect more than 12,900 kilometres of transmission line and infrastructure across TransGrid’s state-wide network.

During the inspections, TransGrid will look for any vegetation encroachments along transmission line easements and inspect infrastructure for any damage.

“During this time, local residents may see low-flying helicopters moving along our transmission lines,” Ms Maurer said.

“We would like to thank the community for their understanding as we carry out our inspection program and remind the public to exercise caution around transmission lines and towers.”

Weather permitting the inspections will go ahead but the schedule is subject to change.

For more information on where TransGrid’s helicopter will be over the coming weeks,contact TransGrid’s toll-free hotline on 1800 222 537.

You can also subscribe to updates about aerial patrols and other TransGrid activities on www.transgrid.com.au.

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