Reliability Program calls for 54,000 Utility Poles to be Inspected

BEAUMONT, February 18, 2013 - Entergy contractors may soon be in a neighborhood near you conducting reliability inspections of some 54,000 utility poles spread throughout the Entergy Texas, Inc. service territory. Workers are moving westward from a number of starting points including Orange, Jefferson, Hardin and Montgomery counties.

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., a specialist in its field, was selected to perform the routine preventative maintenance work. The inspections are only part of Entergy Texas’ large, multi-faceted reliability and maintenance program. Each year, a portion of the company’s half-million poles are selected to undergo a rigorous scrutiny to ensure their condition.

Crews will inspect about 600 poles a week. The poles are visually inspected for defects, then sounded to find any internal voids or hollow cavities. This means the inspectors need access to every pole, whether on a main easily-accessible roadway or in a narrow alley behind a home or business.

Some poles may be treated with a preservative at the base of the pole to prevent deterioration. Others identified as needing maintenance will be reported to Entergy Texas for corrective action.

Entergy Texas, Inc. delivers electricity to more than 420,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.


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