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Major upgrade to boost power supply reliability

Thursday, 28th March, 2013

A big upgrade of the electricity network around Iodide and Williams streets is underway. A big upgrade of the electricity network around Iodide and Williams streets is underway.

A major upgrade of the electricity network in the north-west of the city is underway.

Essential Energy crews have been carrying out a large amount of work around Williams and Iodide streets.

It is expected to be completed by the end of May. The final stages will see the replacement of nine power poles and around half a kilometre of high voltage powerlines.

Regional general manager, Guy Chick, said the work will ensure that the electricity infrastructure in the area delivers a safe supply.

"As well as replacing poles, associated equipment such as cross arms and insulating devices will be replaced as part of our general maintenance program, and will further improve the safety and reliability of the area's power supply," Mr Chick said.

"As always, safety is our number one priority and we urge motorists to be aware of where our crews are working and follow any traffic restrictions around work sites."

The final stages of the work would affect some residents' power supply and they would be notified, Mr Chick said.

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