Hatteras Electric Cooperative (CHEC) made significant headway on
transmission restoration today, and the time line for restoring full
power moved from 3-5 days to 2-3 days from this point, per Thursday’s
press release from CHEC.
Progress: Crews continued to construct the new overhead
transmission line today. Lee Electrical Construction has
installed all three cables needed for the overhead solution. New
River Electrical is now working on the complex and detailed process
required to connect these cables to the grid. The cooperative and
contractors are working tirelessly to ensure that transmission
restoration will happen as quickly and safely as possible.
Steps: Once construction of the new line is complete and all of the
cables are connected, the next step will be for CHEC to energize the
line. The new line will need to stay energized for 12 to 24 hours
before the cooperative can begin to gradually introduce electrical
The restoration timeframe from this point forward is 2-3 days. This
includes the time required for testing after all construction is
complete and before transmission service can begin. CHEC is also
working with Dare County officials to coordinate the safe return of
visitors as soon as possible.