A $3 million package of works in the Shires of Pingelly and Cuballing to improve power reliability and the safety of the network is nearing completion.
Stage two of the planned works are set to commence on 20 November and be completed by 7 December. The first stage was completed in April 2023.
Western Power Executive Manager of Asset Operations Zane Christmas said the works were aimed at upgrading network assets to maintain a high level of network safety and reliability while improving resilience to major weather events.
“We’re committed to improving reliability of power for regional communities like those in Pingelly and Cuballing, and that’s reflected in this substantial investment in infrastructure,” Mr Christmas said.
The works by Western Power crews include replacing 230 poles, 27km of overhead lines, along with other maintenance activities.
“We’ve worked with the community and stakeholders, including the Shires of Cuballing and Pingelly, prior to commencing this work,” he said.
Residents in Pingelly, Brookton, Popanyinning, Yornaning, Cuballing and surrounds, are expected to experience a number of outages, with some of those
experiencing full day outages when work is happening on their local line.
A temporary large-scale generator will be deployed to support homes and businesses in the area while these essential works are completed.
Residents and businesses impacted by planned outages are notified by Western Power a minimum of three business days prior (but typically up to 10 business days).
“We understand planned works can cause some short-term inconvenience, but we expect these upgrades to bring long-term improvements to power supply to the town,” he said.
“Our crews always work as safely and efficiently as possible to minimise any interruptions.”