The Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative, in cooperation with North Carolina Department of Transportation, will begin work to relocate its 115kV transmission cable south of Oregon Inlet to allow DOT needed space to begin construction of the Bonner Bridge replacement.
Crews will begin working on the site, just south of the bridge, beginning in late November. In order to complete the relocation, crews will have to cut the existing transmission cable, resulting in a transmission outage that will last several days.
During this work, Hatteras Island and Ocracoke Island will receive power from several diesel generators, including the plants in Buxton and Ocracoke, as well as three portable units. The transmission outage is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 16 – 22.
CHEC reports that these dates may shift as work progresses. The schedule for the transmission outage is subject to weather and the electric load of the islands.
Hatteras and Ocracoke residents and visitors will be asked to conserve energy while the generators are serving the islands.
Additional updates and photos will be available on CHEC’s Facebook, Twitter and website (www.chec.coop). The relocation of CHEC’s transmission line is the first step to begin the long-awaited Bonner Bridge replacement project.