Power network is checked ahead of any cold weather

Northern Powergrid employee Ian Stewart with a helicopter.

Northern Powergrid employee Ian Stewart with a helicopter.

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A major programme to patrol and check the region’s power network has been completed ahead of any cold weather.

Over the last seven months, Northern Powergrid – which manages the network that delivers electricity to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the north east, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire – has taken to the skies using helicopters to inspect its overhead power lines.

Around 12,500km of power lines across that region have been checked for any potential damage or deterioration as well as more than 137,000 tower structures.

Pete Wilstrop, Northern Powergrid’s network inspections manager, said: “We have an extensive network and carry out regular inspections so we can provide our customers with a reliable power supply.

“We want to detect potential problems before they occur and our engineers are specially trained to spot any issues.

“Our power lines are often located in isolated areas and have to stand up to rain, snow and high winds over the winter months.

“Checking them from the air is the best and most efficient way of making sure we can keep our overhead network in good working order.

“Any remedial work can be spotted and dealt with so we are ready for the winter months ahead.”