Replacement, River Lee, September 2012
In September contractors working on
behalf of the UK Power Networks embarked on a programme of
electricity pole replacement along the River Lee at Turnford. The
works involved digging new holes for the replacement electricity
poles and cutting down and removing the old poles for disposal. Due
to the difficult road access to these poles along the towpath on the
River Lee, the contractor opted to carry out these works from a
barge rather than using their road based equipment.
WHH Ltd supplied a 21.6m hopper barge
with an 8 tonne Atlas hiab modified to take an 18’’ diameter auger
for digging the holes. The new poles and associated fittings were
loaded into our Leeds & Liverpool short boat ‘Everton’ at Enfield
and the hopper barge was moved to site by our pusher tug ‘Scouser’.
Using the auger on the barge mounted
hiab a new hole was dug adjacent to the old electricity pole. The
hiab was then used to unload a new pole from ‘Everton’s’ hold and
place in the newly dug hole.