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Low Flying Helicopter In The Coleraine Area

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Specialist Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks) engineers will be running helicopter patrols today in the Coleraine, Ballymoney and Limavady areas to identify areas of the power network which need refurbishment.

This will allow trained observers to identify and record any signs of damage or wear and tear on the lines and equipment that carry electricity.

Alister Fenton, Overhead line manager from NIE Networks said: “The power network in Northern Ireland has the highest ratio of rural overhead lines per customer in the UK, apart from the remote Scottish Highlands. We employ a helicopter as it is the quickest and most effective way of inspecting the lines and directing refurbishment crews to carry out further detailed checks and repairs.

“This work will help to improve the reliability and quality of service for our customers across Northern Ireland.”

Any landowners with concerns about livestock or animals should contact NIE Networks’ Customer Helpline on 03457 643 643 for details of the inspection schedule, alternatively you can follow us on Twitter @NIElectricity where the daily locations of the helicopter will be posted.

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