Outage planned as CUC replaces downtown lines

| 02/09/2014

(CNS): Commercial customers in North Church Street and Harbour Drive in downtown George Town from Rackam’s Waterfront Bar to the Pirates Week Office on Shedden Road will be without power for unspecified periods on Sunday as CUC will be replacing lines in the area. Officials from the power company said that between 7am and 4pm there will be interruptions to the electrical service in that area on 7 September. Motorists are also asked to drive with caution when using North Church Street and Harbour Drive as CUC will have a number of vehicles and staff in the vicinity. Apologising for the planned power supply cuts, CUC said it was necessary to facilitate the upgrading of lines.

Those affected include Rackam’s Waterfront Bar and Restaurant, Strathvale House, Coe Centre, Diver’s Down, Casanova’s, Cabana Club, Harbour Centre, Waterfront Centre, Beach Bum Watersports, The Shops at Royal Watler, AALL Building, Dittman Building, Jack and Jill Building, The Legislative Assembly, Fort Street Market, Old Huntlaw Building, Westwind Building, Flagship Building, Elmslie Memorial United Church, North Terminal, Port Authority, Harbour Drive Jewellers and the Pirates Week Office on Shedden Road.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Why does CUC insist on continuing the flawed policy of using overhead lines? Did it not learn anything from Ivan? Star burying the lines! While perhaps more difficult and expensive to install and repair, they're more reliable and certainly not an eyesore like overhead lines (take a look at the lines running along the new portion of the bypass).

    • Anonymous says:

      then people will complain when the price of electricy is raised 

    • A-nony-mouse says:

      There is a good reason why the electrical utilities are not buried here.  The water table in this country is highly corrosive and not a good place to put electrical lines.  The resultant outages for failed conduits and the high power leakage as the lines corrode would be a significant additional burden to the utility company and hence the cost to the consuming public.

      The cost of electrical lines that could effectiively mitigate this occurring would be prohibitive.  Also, buried lines would frequently be damaged by all the other utility works going on, especially the build-out of the fibre data lines taking place at present.  Even some of that infrastructure is going on utility poles as we speak.

      If we could transmit power over optical lines (or by broadcast through the air – where is Mr. Tesla and his theories when we need him most?) it might be feasible. So far the technology hasn't been developed to do so.  Until the electrical distribution system can be made of (very expensive) corrosion resistant materials, this strategy simply will not work here.