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Wednesday 29 July 2015

Put power lines underground

Published 20/01/2009 | 11:22

In view of the massive damage caused to electricity connections this weekend, is it not timely to reflect on the hasty dismissal by those in power

(pardon the pun) of burying electric cables underground in the next phase of NIE link-up with the Republic?

No matter what the initial costs are (and I would dispute the view that burying cables would be seven times more expensive than the traditional method of pylons), would it not ultimately be a lot more cost effective in that the damage caused by weather would be eliminated and therefore long term maintenance costs vastly reduced?

The capital costs of such work would be redeemed in the long run by the huge reduction in ongoing damage experienced in maintaining the traditional pylon connections, especially since so-called climate change incidents, such as those which occurred last weekend, are likely to increase.

Kathleen McAnespie


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