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11:30 am - Further improvements to the restoration of power transmission in the South of France: Over two-thirds of substations back in operation

Source: DICAP 26/01/2009

In the last few hours, RTE's teams have successfully restored power to more infrastructures affected by last Saturday's severe weather.

In the last few hours, RTE's teams have successfully restored power to more infrastructures affected by last Saturday's severe weather.

As of 11am, power had been restored to more than two-thirds of the transforming substations affected in the three regions hit by the storms (Aquitaine, Midi Pyrénées, Languedoc Roussillon). A further 22 substations are still without power.

The electricity supply to Perpignan remains fragile, with just one of the three 400,000 volt lines that supply the city still operating. The temporary 400,000 volt line, transported to the site with the help of army helicopters, should be installed tomorrow in Cucugnan (Aude), weather permitting.

Based on power grid assessments carried out today, RTE estimates that power should be restored to its entire network by the end of the day on Thursday for the remaining substations.

RTE is set to continue deploying exceptional resources, to carry out the work necessary as quickly as possible. Some 500 specialists, backed up by around a hundred service providers, are out in the field carrying out checks and repairing lines.

Initial analyses of the damage caused by the latest storm show that compared with 1999, twice fewer high voltage lines and three times fewer substations have been affected this year, confirming that measures taken by RTE to secure the network have indeed been effective.