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Western Power is upgrading parts of the network in the shires of Dalwallinu, Moora and Coorow to enhance network resilience where possible. 

Executive Manager of Asset Operations, Zane Christmas said the upgrades would help reduce the duration of unplanned outages and mitigate against climate impacts and major weather events. 

“We’ll be replacing around 200 poles and carrying out other essential maintenance including replacing cross arms and insulators,” he said. 

“These upgrades are taking place over a vast geographical area within multiple shires so it’s a large package of work in a number of local government areas.” 

Crews will be upgrading poles, insulators and crossarms on power lines that predominantly run through rural areas and some farming land. 
“We’re working closely with local farmers and have considered timing of crops when planning these works to mitigate impacts,” Mr Christmas said. 

“As with any project like this, it’s our goal to get the job done safely and efficiently while minimising interruptions to residents. 

“For this particular package of work, we’re aiming to complete the work on live lines using gloves and barriers.

“This means there should be minimal interruption to power supply for customers during the upgrades.” 

If planned outages are required, residents and businesses impacted will be notified by Western Power a  minimum of three business days (but typically up to 10 business days) prior.

“We’re confident the community will be pleased with the improvement of power reliability as a result of these upgrades and thank them in advance for their patience as we complete the work.”

The network upgrades are due to be completed by mid-2024. 

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