Painting pylons a tall order

Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Photo: Gerard O'Brien
Painters from Altitude Resurfacing start work on a high-voltage electricity pylon in Balaclava yesterday.

Wet weather is delaying maintenance work on Transpower electricity pylons in the Dunedin area.

A Transpower spokeswoman said contractors from Invercargill-based firm Altitude Resurfacing were working on six 50m-high towers in the Balaclava area.

Three had already been cleaned and painted, and work on two more was under way, she said.

''We expect to finish those in a couple of weeks.''

However, she said weather had caused delays and the sixth tower would take longer to complete.

''We will have to come back later in the year for the last tower because with the wet weather, we don't want to risk damaging the track.

''So we need to wait for things to dry out a bit.''

She said the tower painting was part of Transpower's nationwide maintenance programme.

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