Helicopters used to inspect NI power network

Specialist Northern Ireland Electricity Networks (NIE Networks) engineers will be using helicopters to identify areas of the power network which need refurbishment.

Helicopters used to inspect NI power network

These aerial patrols of over 4,000km of the electricity network will allow trained observers to identify and record any signs of damage or wear and tear on the lines and equipment that carry electricity. 

Jenni McKeown, asset investment engineer at NIE Networks, said: “The power network in Northern Ireland has the highest ratio of rural overhead lines per customer in the UK, apart from the remote Scottish Highlands. We employ a helicopter as it is the quickest and most effective way of inspecting the lines and directing refurbishment crews to carry out further detailed checks and repairs. 

“This work will help to improve the reliability and quality of service for our customers across Northern Ireland.”


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