Local

May 2, 2014

Improvements made to electrical system

Tags:
G. A. Volb
Public Affairs Office NTC and Fort Irwin

Personnel with Southern California Edison work on an electrical transformer during a scheduled power outage here, April 5.

A scheduled power outage at Fort Irwin was completed, April 5, with major work on infrastructure improvements made to the electrical distribution system.

According to Chris Sayer, Fort Irwin Directorate of Public Works utility engineer, work included the replacement of two electric poles, five transformers and two power switches.

“The poles were replaced due to age and to prevent power outages like last year, which took place when four poles failed due to high winds,” Sayer said. “We took advantage of this power outage to replace the transformers, because they were at their end of their life cycle. We also took the time to replace the older switches with more efficient, easier maintained and more environmentally friendly switches.”

The work took place during the second scheduled outage in six months; the last in November saw the replacement of two poles, several switches and a couple of other transformers.

Sayer said the long-term goal was to replace 30 poles in the next few years.

“The biggest challenge in scheduling outages to perform the work is working around mission-related schedules and other needs of the installation,” he said. “The weather is the other factor. When the weather is cooler like it is now, the crews can work faster and accomplish more.”

Aside from the major work done, two crews completed routine pole maintenance off base, repairing a spliced section and installing additional lightning arrestors. Once all the work is complete, it takes about an hour to test and re-energize the system to bring everything back on line.

There were six crews total working to get the power back up at the installation.

“We’ve negotiated with Southern California Edison to perform two power outages a year to complete the necessary work,” Sayer said. “Another outage is scheduled for the fall at which time we’ll continue to replace additional poles and some transformers.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
DSC_5534

NTC, Fort Irwin celebrates 240th Army birthday

National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin, Pvt. Nathan Sotelo and Sgt. Maj. Stephen Young cut a cake during the 240th Army birthday celebration here, June 15. Sotelo represented the youngest Sol...
 
 
Photo by Leslie Ozawa

Escape to freedom as a teenager from communist Vietnam

Photo by Leslie Ozawa Lt. Col. Thomas Nguyen speaks about life under the communist regime after the collapse of the government of the Republic of Vietnam in 1975. At Fort Irwin’s Asian-American Pacific Island Heritage Celebra...
 
 

Love and resiliency

Relisa, Robyn and Col. Richard Wilson. “I love being with him.” Those were the genuine, expressive words of a young military family member here not shy about her feelings for her father. Robyn Wilson, 10, said those words about her dad, Col. Richard Wilson – who has been the chief of staff for the National...
 

 
ribbon-cutting

The Box debuts at Fort Irwin Resiliency Center

National Training Center and Fort Irwin leadership, and staff of the new Resiliency Center and “The Box” perform a ribbon cutting, June 15. Walk into Fort Irwin’s recently made-over fitness center and you see clues about ...
 
 
SFCPrice_briefs_BGMartin_2

11th ACR field ammunition supply point opens

Sgt. 1st Class Charles Price (right) briefs National Training Center and Fort Irwin Commander Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin on a new field ammunition supply point of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, June 16. Price is non-commissio...
 
 
crew_brings_sign_down

New NTC, Fort Irwin signs installed on I-15

A crew from California Department of Transportation District 8 (San Bernardino and Riverside County) lifts a sign to be installed on Interstate 15 for the National Training Center and Fort Irwin, June 11. For the first time, th...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>