Tamworth - Gresley ‘AE’ route

Groundline provided network operator Western Power Distribution with an independent recommendation on the commercial viability of their ‘AE’ route, enabling the network operator to make an informed asset investment decision.

Western Power Distribution's ageing 16-kilometre 'AE' 132kV line between Tamworth and Gresley was made up of 57single circuit PL1 type towers and three L140 type towers.

The route had not been assessed for some time, and Western Power Distribution sought to understand whether the line needed replacing, upgrading, modernising or refurbishing. 

Groundline conducted the assessment by climbing towers to do condition inspections and by assessing the condition of all foundations and steel.

Groundline provided Western Power Distribution with a full, detailed, independent view of the condition of the line to inform the scope of work for the refurbishment, replacement or modification. This allowed Western Power Distribution to invest in their assets the most prudent way possible.

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