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Bad weather in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region: review of the situation on 1 March 2001

Source: RTE 01/03/2001

RTE has restored operation of 200 km of HV and EHV power lines out of the 300 km affected by the bad weather in south-eastern France

After having restored the power supply of all the delivery point substations of the distributor EDF on Wednesday, 28 February, some one hundred technicians and linemen who make up the Priority Troubleshooting Group of Réseau de Transport d'Electricité (the French Transmission System Operator) have now restored the operation of 200 km of high and extra high voltage lines in the south-eastern part of France today, Thursday 1 March.

All of the precise diagnoses concerning the state of the electricity transmission system have now been completed. Much of the damage has occurred in the areas of Haut Var, between St Maximin and Brignoles and the southern part of the Alps of Haute Provence in the region of Sainte Tulle. In these regions, 3 power lines include 27 towers damaged out of a total of 31 towers affected by the sticky snow.

Repair work on these facilities will be spread out over a period of about 6 weeks.

The cost of the damage is now being assessed.

During the most critical period of 28 February, power transmission was interrupted on eighteen 63 kV and 225 kV lines. About 300 km of lines out of a total of 4,000 km of lines were affected, or 7.5% of the network in the area hit by the bad weather.

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