The 33,000 volt powerlines which supply electricity to the Merriwa zone substation are being replaced to make sure we can continue to provide a safe and reliable electricity supply to about 1400 home and business connections in and around Merriwa town. Some poles are also being replaced.
The high voltage powerlines run between Denman and Merriwa and were installed in the 1960s. They have served the area well, but now need to be replaced to make sure we can continue to provide a safe and reliable electricity supply to the area.
Work to replace 48 kilometers of powerline is ongoing and being completed in sections.
To do this work safely, the power supply to the Merriwa zone substation needs to be turned off. In turn, this interrupts the supply to homes and businesses in and around Merriwa. For this reason, the majority of work is being completed on Sundays or during school holidays, so disruption is minimised.
Up to June 2016, crews have completed work between Denman and Hollydene.
During financial year 2016-17, crews expect to need about 6 days of work to complete the replacement project, as they move from Hollydene towards Merriwa.
Work dates are weather permitting and affected customers will be notified of ahead of the necessary power interruptions.
The next work dates are:
Sunday, 12 Februray 2017
Sunday, 5 March 2017
So crews can do this work safely, the power supply will be interrupted between 8.30 and 4pm during the nominated days.
Be sure to prepare your home for the interruption. You can contact us on Facebook and Twitter for more information.