Major electricity project at Cumnock

Essential Energy crews have commenced a major electricity network maintenance project to ensure a safe, secure and reliable power supply for households and businesses in the Cumnock area.

Regional manager Northern, Mark Summers, said Essential Energy’s routine inspection programs had identified weaknesses on the electricity network and maintenance was now being completed before they caused a problem.

“The project includes the replacement of 39 power poles, 30 pole cross-arms and seven kilometres of high voltage powerline,” Mr Summers said.

Commencing next week, a series of planned power outages will be required to allow crews to safely access the network to carry out the maintenance work. Affected households and businesses will be advised of the dates and times in advance.

“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,” Mr Summers said.

Essential Energy’s Molong crews will be assisted by crews and equipment from Dubbo, Wellington, Forbes, Orange, Bathurst, Peak Hill and Blayney.

The project is dependent on suitable weather conditions and may be postponed if conditions are unfavourable or unforeseen circumstances arise.

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