Tampa Electric to begin aerial inspection of transmission infrastructure on January 29
TAMPA, January 25, 2007
Area residents need not be alarmed if they soon see low-flying helicopters hovering around Tampa Electric transmission poles and towers. Beginning January 29, Tampa Electric will be conducting comprehensive aerial inspections of approximately 3,800 transmission structures in Tampa, Temple Terrace, Brandon, Dade City, Winter Haven and Sebring. These inspections, which are part of a maintenance program to identify possible deficiencies with existing structures will conclude around the first week in March.
The inspections will be performed by helicopter, which will require them to fly below 100 feet most of the time. In addition, the helicopter will momentarily hover next to each transmission pole or structure being inspected. If necessary, workers may conduct minor repairs, which will require the helicopter to hover for longer periods, perhaps five or 10 minutes.
The infrastructure being inspected is located along Tampa Electric urban and rural right-of-way. Some inspections will take place within view of area roads and neighborhoods. Local law enforcement officials will be notified of the inspections.
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and independent power.