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Power lines damaged in freezing rain back in operation

01-04-2011 13:37 BJT

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Last weekend's freezing rain damaged power lines in southern Jiangxi and Guizhou provinces. To ensure continued electricity usage, both local power grids issued emergency plans.

Sunday's sudden snowstorm broke down a high voltage line in Yichun city in Jiangxi province.

The line connects the city's Binjiang township to the downtown.

Local power suppliers wasted no time in establishing a rush repair group and sending them to the site.

Tang Anlong, head of Emergency Repair Group, said, "We have made an emergency transfer of materials from other provinces. Also we have deployed almost eighty personnel to do the repair work."

With concerted efforts, the damaged power devices were soon been replaced.

Farther west, Guizhou province also didn't escape the freezing rain.

The province's grid was already damaged during a blizzard in 2008. This time, the freezing rain covering 45 power lines with ice.

Some sections of the power lines in Fuquan city were coated in ice more than three centimeters' thick.

The Guizhou Power Grid has been monitoring the network hourly, and installed melting devices on some of the lines.

Zhu Gangyi, control dept., Cuizhou Power Grid,said, "We've received reports that the melting devices are working well. We have a 500 kilovolt power line, which is our most crucial power network. Now, all ice on that line has melted."

After two days, the ice on all 45 lines in Guizhou has been melted. The power lines are now all back in operation. But with cold temperatures expected to continue across southern China, grid companies remain on high alert.


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Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV.CN

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