Jun 01, 2020

Powerlink crews go for a spin in inspection campaign

Powerlink crews go for a spin in inspection campaign

Helicopters are taking to the skies to inspect Powerlink Queensland’s electricity network in North Queensland throughout June and July.

This work involves inspections and crew tower transfer operations in areas including Townsville, Lynam, Pinnacles, Kelso, Alice River, Paluma, Koombooloomba, Kirrama, Glen Ruth, Wairuna, Mount Fox, Hervey Range, Dotswood and Valley of Lagoons (weather permitting).

Powerlink executive general manager operations and service delivery Gary Edwards said these activities were essential to Powerlink’s ongoing maintenance program to protect community safety and ensure the reliable operation of the transmission network. 

“Our aim is to be as quick and non-disruptive as we can when completing these patrols,” Mr Edwards said.

“Local residents may see the helicopter moving relatively quickly and at a low level along the transmission lines, and in some instances, it may need to hover to enable closer inspection of the lines and allow our crews to transfer onto the towers.

“This transfer makes for more efficient use of crew time and in accordance with COVID-19 work requirements also allows crews to return to base in Townsville each night.”

Helicopters will be based in Townsville for the duration of the work.