An industrial fire brought down one of our electricity transmission lines last weekend. Fortunately, no one was injured, though some homes had to be evacuated as a result of the fire.
The fire near Manchester resulted in one of our lines breaking, with the cable coming down in wasteland and the line sagging over nearby roads and a railway line.
The local Electricity Transmission Owner (ETO) Operations team, working with Capital Delivery colleagues, was able to anchor the broken cable into the ground; increasing the tension to the connecting towers to maintain a safe level of clearance. This cleared the way on the A6 and railway line, reopening the road and allowing trains to safely pass at normal speed.
Two houses were also damaged by the line coming down. Our ETO Lands team was on-hand to speak with the homeowners and local property owners affected by the cable; helping with any immediate issues and giving them a point of contact for any future insurance claims.
ETO Operations and Capital Delivery are now working on a permanent fix, which we will put in place over the coming weeks.
Matt Staley, Head of ETO Operations, said: “Our priority was to make the situation safe as quickly as possible. The team on site was able to put a safe and rapid fix in place to make sure there was sufficient clearance from our power lines, while minimising the disruption to the local community.”
Ryan Ramsey, Head of Electricity Construction, Capital Delivery, added: “We’re now working across ETO and Capital Delivery to plan and deliver a permanent solution – we have already appointed Babcock, one of our contractor partners, to help us put this in place.
“Our major infrastructure projects are characterised by long-term planning. But if an incident happens, we have the capabilities and experience to respond flexibly, keeping our customers and communities safe and connected to the energy they need.”