Significant Progress Made to Overhead Solution
as Dual Solutions to Power Repairs are Executed
Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) continues its execution of two
simultaneous solutions to restore transmission service to Hatteras and
Significant progress has been made on the overhead solution, as crews
have already set seven of the required 10 transmission poles.
Work will continue this evening.
Excavation and dewatering continue at the site of the damaged
underground transmission cables. Two of the three cables have
been uncovered. The first was severed, and has already been
spliced back together. Tests on the second cable indicate that it
is uncompromised. Crews are close to the third cable, but because
of the complex dewatering process, conditions have been
challenging. PCL Construction will continue to excavate the
trench through the night.
The timeline for a complete repair ranges from one to two weeks.
The damage to the transmission cables occurred at the south side of the
Bonner Bridge early on the morning of July 27 when PCL Construction
accidentally drove a steel casing through the cooperative’s
transmission cables. The cooperative is supplying power to the island
via permanent and portable diesel generators.
While it pursues the permanent solutions, CHEC is concurrently working
to expand the temporary generation service on Hatteras Island in order
to accommodate a staged reentry of visitors. A mandatory evacuation
remains in effect for all visitors to Hatteras Island.
CHEC appreciates the continued support of its members, as well as Gov.
Roy Cooper and other officials from local and state