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Low-flying helicopters to patrol Tampa Electric’s power lines

TAMPA, July 13, 2018

Area residents need not be alarmed if they see low-flying helicopters hovering around Tampa Electric transmission lines next week. It’s part of the company’s ongoing inspection of transmission equipment.

Beginning Monday, a low-flying helicopter will conduct aerial surveys of Tampa Electric’s high-voltage power lines. A helicopter will fly between 30 and 300 feet above the lines and poles while workers inspect equipment using infrared technology or traditional cameras . Crews will survey Tampa Electric’s entire 1,300-mile system of high-voltage transmission lines.

Work will begin at 8 a.m. July 16 and continue for about a week during daylight hours. The survey will be complete by Sunday, weather permitting. Tampa Electric has hired Summit Helicopter, of Pacoima, Calif., to conduct the inspections.

The inspections are taking place along Tampa Electric’s urban and rural rights of way. Some inspections will take place within view of area roads and neighborhoods. Local law enforcement officials will be notified.

The inspections are part of the company’s routine transmission maintenance.

Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, serves about 750,000 customers in West Central Florida. Tampa Electric is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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