Power up, up and away! Energex begins chopper inspections of the power network

3 February 2022

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Communities across South East Queensland may see low-flying choppers or drones above Energex’s electrical network over the coming months.

Area Manager Kevin Lavender said Energex conducts aerial inspections of the power network this time every year inspecting for any damage the grid may have sustained over the severe weather season.

“Storms, high winds and other severe weather can damage the power network in places you can’t easily see from the ground so we use helicopters and drones to take high resolution images of poles, cross arms and other electrical infrastructure from above,” Mr Lavender said.

“The photos of the network are then sent to our technicians who look for any damage on the top of the grid and then organise for any repairs.

“This is a much faster, safer and efficient way of inspecting South East Queensland’s power network allowing us to prepare and maintain a safe and reliable electricity supply for the year ahead.”

The helicopters will be primarily seen on longer and harder to access sections of the power network at low-level in rural areas and at 300 metres in urban areas. The drones will be operating in more residential urban areas and are very quiet.

Energex’s chopper contractors will contact livestock owners who have asked to be advised of flight times and dates to prepare or move animals that may be distressed.

Anyone with livestock that may be troubled by the aircraft can contact the flight team on 0410 221 884 to find out when helicopters will be near their property.

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