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CHEC to restore power to Ocracoke tomorrow

The newly spliced and relocated electric transmission cables. Photo courtesy of CHEC

The newly spliced and relocated electric transmission cables . Photo courtesy of CHEC

Update: Dec. 19, 2015. 8:26 p.m.

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative crews on Saturday completed their work in relocating the main electric cables that power Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.

The company had to move its three transmission lines on northern Hatteras Island at the base of the Bonner Bridge to prepare for the construction of the replacement bridge over Oregon Inlet, which is scheduled for March.  

To do that, three main power lines were dug up, severed and spliced back together, said Laura Ertle, CHEC spokesperson.

Work began Dec. 16 when the power was cut off and the islands ran on generator power, which was expected to continue until Dec. 22.  Warmer than usual weather Wednesday through Friday afternoon helped the crews in their work.

Saturday afternoon Ertle reported that crews completed the third cable splice and energized all three cables.

However, although the cables will remain energized–with no load–overnight, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands will remain on generators, she said.

“Beginning Sunday morning, we will start picking up load in stages,” she said.  “Ocracoke should not experience any interruption in power when we make the switch to transmission.”  

 

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