Essential Energy works on lines

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Essential Energy crews have this week commenced a major upgrade of the electricity network in Forbes along a section of Lachlan Valley Way, Muscat Street and Rivers and College Roads to ensure a safe, secure and reliable power supply for households and businesses in and around that area.

Regional manager Northern, Mark Summers, said the project would increase the capacity of the electricity network and replace network assets which have reached end of life.

“The project includes the replacement of 27 power poles, 32 pole cross-arms and five kilometres of high voltage powerline,” Mark said.

To allow crews to safely access the electricity network to carry out the maintenance work, a series of planned power outages will be required. Affected households and businesses will receive advanced notification with the specific dates and times of any planned power outages affecting them.

The planned power outages are dependent on suitable weather conditions and may be postponed if conditions are unfavourable or unforeseen circumstances arise.

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

"We thank customers for their understanding and patience while we work to improve the power network for their local community.”

The project will be completed in stages during August and September.