Powercor Armour Rod and Damper Retrofit Program


Key Facts

Project: Powercor Armour Rod and Damper Retrofit Program

Client: Powercor Australia

Location: Western Victoria

Duration: February 2013 – December 2016

In late 2012 Electrix was awarded a major contract by Powercor Network Services (PNS) to undertake the Armour Rod & Vibration Damper Retrofit Program across the Powercor electricity network in Western Victoria.

This important program of work was initiated to deliver key network  safety improvements being implemented by Victoria’s Distribution networks following the Bushfire Royal Commission which investigated the Black Saturday fires of early 2009.

The contract initially involved retrofitting of additional line hardware at more than 150,000 locations over a 3 year contract term. Within this initial term Electrix successfully completed almost 170,000 sites. The contract was further extended until December 2016 to cover a total of 190,000 sites. The work was undertaken on overhead power lines within High Bushfire Risk Areas across the Powercor rural network with the majority of work undertaken under “live line” conditions to minimise network outages.

Electrix also worked closely with PNS to identify opportunities to undertake additional maintenance activities on associated assets on a “one site visit” methodology which provides further network operational benefits.

The award of this contract confirmed the strong relationship Electrix has sustained with Powercor Network Services and maintained our position as the single largest service provider to Powercor / CitiPower.




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