Utility company replacing transformers throughout town

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Duke Energy Progress is replacing utility pole transformers throughout the town of Mount Olive through Nov. 16 and residents can expect power interruptions during the process.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the transformer replacement will be done by sections of town.

Residents, as well as businesses, will be notified by Duke Power, or contractors when their area will be affected and for how long, he said.

The utility company will make every effort to minimize power interruptions, he added.

Once the upgrade has been completed, it will enable the power company to restore power more quickly to everyone following storms or other outages, Brown said.

Previous extensive work on the power company substation on South Breazeale Avenue upgraded it to a 7,200 volt substation. The other substation on Lee’s Country Club Road is a 13,500 volt station.

The current situation will now allow utility personnel to back feed into the larger station without changing transformers throughout town.

It also requires further upgrades to the South Breazeale Avenue substation and a replacement of transformers.

“I don’t know how many transformers we have in Mount Olive, but the power company officials told us there will be 400 utility trucks in town when the work kicks off,” Brown said. “They will put out a schedule and will contact everyone impacted as to when the work will be done that impacts them and how long the power will be out.”

He did say power is not expected to be out in any area more than two or three hours.

Brown said he hopes to have the detailed schedule of the work and when and where it will be done sometime this week.

He said the schedule information will be provided to the media and also posted on the town’s website.

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