New network upgrades and maintenance at Bremer Bay in Western Australia will see the replacement of approximately 400 poles and upgrades to pole top devices.

The works will start in November 2017, and are expected to be completed by the end of March 2018, in and around Bremer Bay, as well as parts of Jerramungup area.

Western Power’s Works manager, Zane Christmas, said the $5.4 million project will strengthen the grid against seasonal and environmental reliability problems.

“We know that this type of upgrade work helps supply reliability for people who work and live in Bremer Bay, as well as the thousands of tourists that visit throughout summer,” Mr Christmas said.

“The work will also ensure that we can best utilise the existing network infrastructure and unlock future opportunities to link innovative solutions to enhance our network.”

Mr Christmas said the project is an example of how bundling a number of small jobs into a large project created efficiencies and minimises customer impact.

“No one likes to be without power, so we try to work in live conditions wherever we can. When it is not safe to work live we organise a planned outage. With bundled work we can do multiple jobs during a couple of big planned outages, instead of a dozen smaller outages in an area.”

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