All Three Transmission Cables
Compromised - Outage Update for Sunday 8 a.m.
Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues restoration efforts in
the wake of a transmission outage that was caused when PCL Construction
accidently drove a steel casing into the cooperative’s underground
transmission cable on Thursday morning, July 27.
A mandatory evacuation remains in effect for all visitors to Hatteras
Island. CHEC will continue to supply temporary power to residents on
the island through the Buxton diesel generators and portable generators
until the transmission repairs are complete. The cooperative is also
working to expand the temporary generation service on Hatteras Island,
in order to accommodate the return of visitors.
PCL Construction, CHEC and New River Construction, the cooperative’s
transmission contractor, excavated the site of the incident. CHEC’s
transmission system is three-phase, meaning there are three individual
cables buried on the south side of the bridge. Crews have exposed one
of the cables, revealing that it was severed by the steel casing.
The cooperative ran tests to check the integrity of other two cables
Saturday night and the testing data was analyzed overnight. The test
revealed that all three transmission cables have been compromised.
CHEC has called in additional resources to further assess the
situation. The cooperative has multiple options for both temporary and
permanent repair solutions.
CHEC appreciates the continued support of officials from local and
state agencies, including Governor Cooper’s office. The cooperative
appreciates the continued patience and encouragement from both our
members and visitors.