Electricity distributor Powercor is carrying out critical upgrade works to improve the reliability of the electricity network in regional Victoria.
The $180,000 major upgrade aims to increase security and safety for residents of Maude, Lethbridge and the surrounding area, north of Geelong.
The upgrade involves Powercor crews replacing six power poles and more than 3km of powerlines along Thompson Road.
The critical work is designed to prevent larger unplanned outages in the future and reduce the risk of bushfires.
To allow crews to safely conduct the work, power has been turned off to 80 customers in the region on 7 May and 14 May between 8.30am and 3.30pm.
Head of Field Services, Ross Young, said the Powercor team had sought to minimise the impact on customers by putting on extra crews to complete as much work during the scheduled shutdowns as possible.
“We know there is never a convenient time to have a power outage and understand that now more than ever, people are relying on the continuity of power supply as they work or study from home,” Mr Young said.
“We assure our customers this is critical work and appreciate their patience.”
Powercor’s routine inspection program identified the need to replace the poles and upgrade other assets in order to ensure the network continues operating safely and reliably.
With crews conducting the extensive work in steep and difficult terrain, the scheduling of the work took into consideration the seasonal weather conditions.
“By doing this critical maintenance now, we are reducing the risk of major disruptions caused by unplanned outages in the future,” Mr Young said.
All homes and businesses impacted have received a letter notifying them of the necessary power outage.
If there are changes to the work plan, then we will advise customers by SMS.