Line Buried to Protect People

This article reports that $4.5 million will be spent to bury a 220 kilovolt power line in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. The project will involve burying the high voltage line near an elderly care centre, school, and shopping centre, where there are high concentrations of people.

The power company, Ergon Energy, says the underground lines will provide long-term benefits to customers in the area, provide a more secure power supply to facilities, and permit faster restoration of power supply following major weather impacts on the network. The buried lines also allow the power company to defer building more substations, thereby resulting in cost savings.

(Why can’t transmission facility operators in Alberta adopt the same attitude about the benefits of burying specific sections of new high voltage power lines where there are high concentrations of people?)

~ by RETA on September 27, 2011.

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