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New estimate: Power could be restored at Outer Banks in 4-6 days

Posted August 1

— The Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative narrowed its timeline for complete power restoration to 4-6 days as it works on two simultaneous solutions.

PCL Construction, a contractor working on the Bonner Bridge replacement, accidentally severed last Thursday two of the three underwater transmission lines supplying power to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands. The two solutions to the outage could have power restored by the middle of next week.

The company said crews are working to install poles to set overhead transmission lines that will run over the south end of Bonner Bridge while an excavation team from PCL Construction worked to remove water in the trench at the site of the damage.

"This water-removal method will be tried today," the release said. "If it is successful, crews will continue to excavate until they reach the third and final cable, at which point specialists could begin the complex splicing process."

The estimate for restoration included the time required for testing after construction is complete.

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  • Patrick Gentry Aug 1, 6:44 p.m.
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    Or have more redundancy, I mean if losing 2 transmission lines cuts power to the entire island chain that's lacking redundancy.

  • Patrick Gentry Aug 1, 6:44 p.m.
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    They are underwater so don't think you can spray paint the water

  • Richard Eskridge Aug 1, 3:30 p.m.
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    Ice cream sale!

  • Andrew Stephenson Aug 1, 1:36 p.m.
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    To be fair, this issue could happen even if there were wind turbines. The wind turbines would be off-coast, so it still has transmission lines under water.

    I'm pretty sure though, their lesson learned would be to not place redundant transmission lines right next to one another so it's even possible to cut multiple lines at once.

  • Arthur Raleigh Aug 1, 1:26 p.m.
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    Windmills!!!!!

  • Lari Hamilton Aug 1, 1:15 p.m.
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    who will pay for the loss of revenue? did pcl construction co. not locate before working on or near electrical lines buried? workers could have lost their lives. answers please , taxpayers need to know.