Western Power is undertaking essential network renewal and upgrade work in the Geraldton area throughout June to improve power reliability and network resilience for the local community and industry.
As part of our comprehensive maintenance program, work to be done includes replacing protective devices which help minimise the risk of outages by detecting faults on our power lines.
Western Power Executive Manager of Asset Management Gair Landsborough said to complete these essential works safely required a line into Geraldton to be deenergised.
“The network configuration in this area provides us with the option to undertake essential network maintenance work on one line and associated assets without interrupting power supply to homes and businesses in the area,” he said.
“There are always risks when undertaking these complex works and there are faults that can arise which could result in an outage. For this reason, it’s important for people to be prepared for any potential outage if it is likely to have a significant impact on them such as making sure medical equipment, computers and phone batteries are charged.”
“To mitigate the risk, we’ve increased our crews on the ground to ensure that, in the event of any unforeseen network issues, crews are standing by ready to go,” he said.
“As part of our network renewal and maintenance program, we’re constantly replacing and identifying infrastructure and assets as they age or that have been identified as needing replacing.”
“Our priority is to ensure the network is as resilient as possible,” he said.
The work will be carried out between Friday 9 June to Friday 23 June 2023.