July 30, 2017

Repairs Underway and Tentative Time Frame
Established - Outage Update For Sunday Evening July 30

Cape 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 cables on Thursday morning, July 27.

Cooperative crews are working toward two solutions for transmission restoration. The first solution is to continue excavating the damaged cables and work to splice them back together; repairs have already begun on the first excavated cable. The second solution is to build a new overhead transmission line that would run from the south end of the Bonner Bridge to meet the cooperative’s existing overhead transmission line. CHEC will actively pursue both of these solutions until it is clear which of these will provide the fastest and safest option for a full repair.

Depending on which solution turns out to be the most practical, the timeline for a complete repair could vary from one to two weeks.

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 a staged reentry of visitors.

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.


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