Cable repairs add resilience to power network as supplies return to normal

ELECTRICITY services are returning to normal across Tameside as Electricity North West have repaired two of the three 33,000-volt damaged power cables which led to a major outage on Tuesday, October 9.

Engineers at work to repair the network (Picture thanks to Electricity North West)

The underground cables were damaged by another company, leaving more than 22,000 properties across Ashton, Stalybridge and Tameside without power.

Engineers from Electricity North West have worked throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, including through the night, to restore power to all properties.

The company reconfigured the network around the damaged cables and brought in generators from as far as Newcastle and the West Midlands to restore supplies while the repair work took place.

Around 2,600 homes and businesses in Ashton-under-Lyne remain on generators, and engineers will begin moving their supplies back to the network today while they continue work to repair the third cable.

Customers may notice some short interruptions to their power today of up to 15 minutes as engineers remove generators and return them to their normal supply.

Electricity North West had asked local residents to conserve energy but now that significant repairs have been made to the network, this is no longer required.

Engineers at work to repair the network (Picture thanks to Electricity North West)

Paul Bircham, Electricity North West incident manager, said: “The work to repair the damaged cables proved to be exceptionally technical and complicated due to the amount of damage caused and the location of the damage.

“We’re pleased that by working through the night we’ve been able to make repairs and get customers back onto a secure and resilient network supply.

“We’ll be removing the generators that have supplied customers whilst we’ve been carrying the repair during today, and we will continue to fully complete the repairs.

“We had asked local residents and businesses to reduce pressure on the network by conserving as much power as possible.

“Thanks to everyone who did – it’s really helped, and I’m pleased to say that this is no longer required.”

Electricity North West had contacted hundreds of customers on its Priority Service Register to offer extra help to those who need it.

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