Crews Working to Determine Time Frame for Power Cable Repairs
Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues restoration efforts in
the wake of a transmission outage caused when PCL Construction
accidently drove a steel casing into the cooperative’s underground
transmission cable on Thursday morning, July 27.On Friday, PCL
Construction worked to excavate the ground and set a trench box to
reach the damaged transmission cables. A hydro-vacuum truck was used to
carefully locate the transmission cables without causing further
damage. At the time of press, dewatering the trench was still ongoing
and the cables were not visible enough to make an assessment of the
damage. PCL and cooperative crews will work 24/7 until the repair is
continue to supply temporary power through the Buxton diesel generator
and portable generators until the transmission repairs are complete.
These generators will only be able to run if load is at minimal levels
and everyone is conserving.
2-megawatt portable generators arrived on the island by Friday
afternoon. Four of the generators arrived with transformers that were
not compatible. Four replacement transformers are expected to arrive on
the island late Friday night.
the replacement transformers arrive, crews will work to hook the
remaining generators up to the grid, allowing the cooperative to
provide more temporary power.
Island is currently under a mandatory power conservation order,
requiring all members and visitors to remove air conditioning systems
and hot tub heaters from the power grid by turning off system circuit
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