United Energy has partnered with Swinburne University of Technology, Swedish-based Amokabel and Bendigo-based company, Groundline Engineering in a Victorian Government-funded trial of a new covered conductor on the Mornington Peninsula.
The trial will see the replacement of overhead steel conductors with the new covered conductor in heavily vegetated areas.
United Energy’s General Manager, Asset Management, Craig Savage says the partnership, which has been awarded a grant from the Powerline Bushfire Safety Program Research and Development Fund, has a number of benefits.
“When we were approached by Groundline to be a part of the trial, we were very interested in the safety aspects of the overhead covered conductor but the key benefit we immediately saw was how quickly it would allow us to replace Single Wire Earth Returns (SWERs).”
Widely used in Europe, the conductor introduced by Groundline eliminates the need for individual testing of its components which could speed up replacement programs by as much as two years.