Northern Powergrid to take to skies to inspect North Lincolnshire overhead electricity lines
Northern Powergrid is taking to the skies to make sure the electricity network in North Lincolnshire is in good working order.
From Monday (March 25) helicopters will be flying over the North East, Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire inspecting overhead lines checking for any damage or deterioration.
Over four weeks, 3,000 kilometres of power lines will be checked along with approximately 15,000 support structures.
Northern Powergrid uses helicopters regularly to check the overhead electricity network and landowners and farmers are being urged to be aware of the inspections due to the potential impact on livestock in fields where the overhead lines cross.
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Gary Bartholomew, Northern Powergrid's Network Inspections Manager said: "People rely on having a reliable power supply, so it's crucial that we carry out regular inspections of our network. We want to detect potential problems before they occur and our engineers are specially trained to spot any issues.
"Our power lines are often located in isolated areas and take quite a battering during the winter months from snow, rain and high winds. Checking them from the air is by far the best and most efficient way of making sure they're in good working order. The crew not only cover a lot of ground quickly, but also they can fly really close to the cable.
"The helicopters will be flying at low level and at speeds of about 30 kilometres an hour, so there will be some noise. However, we would like to reassure all farmers and landowners that we'll take every reasonable measure to prevent disrupting livestock by keeping noise to a minimum and will avoid areas where sensitive livestock are grazing if possible."