Elektrilevi: 76 percent of power lines to be weatherproof in five years ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Power line repairs.
Power line repairs. Source: Elektrilevi

In five years time, 76 percent of overhead lines should be weatherproof, Estonia's largest network operator Elektrilevi has said, after thousands of households were left without power this weekend after a storm.

On Sunday, ETV's Aktuaalne Kaamera (AK) reported that at the Elektrilevi control center, there was still a lot of work to do.

Andres Tõnissaar, member of the Elektrilevi board, told AK: "Within 24 hours, we have been able to recover electricity for 30,000 people but at the same time, we are still working on households which still don't have the electricity network working." 

It was hoped the majority of the faulty network could be repaired by Sunday and Monday. 

Tõnissaar said: "Pärnu, Rapla, Järva and Jõgeva counties received the most damage due to strong storm winds. There are currently huge brigades working to recover the network and, unfortunately, there are areas where we cannot get the electricity back for this evening. Most of the breakdowns will be eliminated in these areas on Monday. Some households will probably get their electricity back on Tuesday." 

He said Elektrilevi invests €80 million annually to create an electricity network which is weatherproof and this work will see some cables placed underground, which will give them additional protection. Some bare overhead lines will be replaced with insulated lines which will not allow them to short-circuit on contact.  

Tõnissaar added: "Currently, the percentage of weatherproof overhead lines is 68 to 69 percent, but in five years we want to reach 76 percent." 

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