Vectren installs fiber optic wire on transmission line via helicopter

Vectren Corp. began work to replace about two and a half miles of existing steel static wire that runs along a Posey County transmission line to improve communication from the field back to Vectren control centers.

A helicopter will suspend a two-man crew from 95 feet to complete work between its Mt. Vernon and Benton Corner Substations. Replacing the cable midair is part of a larger 10-mile rebuild project to be completed from the ground.

Enhancing the older steel wire with new fiber optic static cable allows for more prompt, efficient communication between substations when electric service lines are out or malfunctioning and provides real-time two-way communication back to Vectren’s control centers from the field. Using helicopter assistance reduces impact to residential and commercial properties that lie within the project’s path.

Initial work will allow completion of upgrades from Mt. Vernon to Benton Corner, while the remainder of improvements stretching to New Harmony will be completed in the near future.

Vectren Corp. is an energy holding company headquartered in Evansville, Ind. Vectren’s energy delivery subsidiaries provide gas and/or electricity to more than 1 million customers in adjoining service territories that cover nearly two-thirds of Indiana and west central Ohio. Vectren’s nonutility subsidiaries and affiliates currently offer energy-related products and services to customers throughout the U.S.

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