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 Codensa presents strong plan to face wind and kite season 

 7/30/2015  Bogotá 

 

• CODENSA increased its response capacity by 15% to resolve technical faults caused by kites. • Twenty-three special teams will be available to carry out preventative and maintenance work throughout the windy season. • The Faults from Winds and Kites Mitigation Plan involved an additional investment of COP 2,800 million to the already scheduled investments for the year.

With the aim to keep reducing the impact on the electricity service during this season caused by kites tangled in the power lines, tree branches and strong winds in general, CODENSA announced the Faults from Winds and Kites Mitigation Plan, which has been structured and implemented in operations in the Bogota and Sabana areas since 2010.

This mitigation plan involved a total investment of COP 2,800 million and the participation of more than 70 professional, technical and technological staff of the Company, who carried out strategic planning, adjustments and preventative measures in the system over seven months.

The main strength of this plan lies in CODENSA's anticipation of this season. Since January this year, the Company has implemented pre-established methodologies to divide the city into clusters (groups) with the aim to focus on the points most affected by these incidents and resulting damages, so that technical interventions can be made for their prevention. These include: changing to 100% insulated cables, network transfers at critical points, installation of network isolators, normalization of the infrastructure in general and use of predictive techniques with ultrasound and thermography tools. The implementation of all of the above allows interventions to be prioritized to provide adequate, timely and coordinated responses; all with the aim to mitigate the impact related to variables such as trees, winds and kites.

In August and September, 23 specialized teams will be available during the weekend and 14 during the week, located in strategic points where these variables cause most faults, including those in Bosa, Soacha, Usme, Kennedy, San Cristóbal, Fontibón, Suba and Sabana. These teams are additional to the Company's normal operation and represent a 15% increase for this season.

Each team is equipped to remove kites from power lines and carry out work to reestablish the service by hotline if necessary.  As part of the technological advances implemented by CODENSA, this year, continued use will also be made of the pole torch to remove foreign elements, a tool designed by Company engineers which uses a controlled flame to remove kites from cabling more quickly and safely, and without burning them. Although this plan is being officially presented for the first time this year, it has been developed and implemented on a smaller scale for five years. This has allowed a gradual reduction in the number of faults and customers affected, as well as kites on power lines.

For example, in the last three years, 334 incidents were caused by kites, affecting 562,200 customers on average per incident. According to CODENSA's historical records, just in August, the teams removed around 3,000 kites from power lines.

With the implementation of preventative and mitigation actions since the first version of the campaign was started until now, the effect on customers has gradually decreased by approximately 47%.

EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN

In addition to this technical plan, this week, CODENSA also started the educational plan that it has been developing since 2006. The aim of this campaign is to create a “safe flight” culture for kites aimed at children, young people and the family in general, so that they are aware of the importance of flying kites safely and responsibly. This is primarily to prevent personal accidents, as well as helping to reduce incidents that affect the quality of service because of kites tangled in power lines.

This year, in July, August and September, five information troops will be present in schools, neighborhoods, parks and green areas in the localities that have been most affected in previous years, such as: Bosa, Soacha, Usme, Kennedy, San Cristóbal, Fontibón, Engativá, Rafael Uribe, Suba, Sabana Sur, Sabana Noroccidente and Sabana Nororiente. The troops will be responsible for delivering information about the risks and dangers of flying kites in areas close to power lines, inviting them to fly their kites in parks including Simón Bolívar, La Florida, Carmen de la Laguna, el Tunal and San Cristóbal Sur.

SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR KITE FLYING

• If you are going to fly a kite, do so far away from power lines. • If the kite becomes tangled in power lines, never attempt to remove it. Never use objects such as rods to get a kite down; this is very dangerous. Immediately call 115 or 3525930, and CODENSA's specialized staff will remove the kite. • Do not fly kites from balconies, overhangs or from the tops of houses.• Never use metal objects to make or fly kites. • Do not fly kites if it is raining.• If you see someone flying a kite close to power lines, warn them that this is dangerous and recommend that they fly the kite in open areas.

 

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