Electricity distributor Powercor will be conducting maintenance and upgrades to the network in Ouyen and surrounding area next week so it can continue delivering safe and reliable power to customers.
Crews will be conducting work in 14 different sites along the Calder Highway near Ouyen on 6 October. The work involves replacing 66kv insulators at the Hattah Switchyard as well as replacing other infrastructure such as cross arms and insulators along the Ouyen-Hattah high-voltage line.
To allow crews to safely complete the work, some local residents and commercial customers will be impacted by a planned power outage on Sunday, 6 October from 8.30am to 12.30pm.
Powercor is contacting the 3440 customers in Ouyen, Sealake, Murrayville, Manangatang, Underbool and surrounding areas who will be affected by the work.
The work is part of Powercor’s annual maintenance program which has contributed to the business becoming Australia’s most reliable rural network.
Field leader Travis Boulton said the power outages allowed crews to complete work safely and quickly, keeping disruption to customers to a minimum.
“We never want to take our customers off electricity supply, but by doing this work now we can minimise the risk of extended, unplanned outages in the future,” Mr Boulton said.
“While we understand any outage is inconvenient for customers, we will have crews on site working hard to complete this work in the safest and quickest way possible.”
Any customers with questions or who are unsure if they will be affected by the planned outages should contact Powercor on 13 22 06.