Mystery of yellow pylons solved

Published Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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People in the Straid and Dromore areas may have been shocked to find their electrical pylons painted yellow, but it turns out the NIE has a perfectly grounded reason.

Mystery of yellow pylons solved
Yellow pylons have been sighted in Co Down. (© NIE)

The temporary colour change is actually part of maintenance work to overhead lines in the Ballyclare and Lisburn areas over the summer.

Teams of painters have been covering the pylons in a first coating of yellow, before going back over them with second coat of traditional grey.

Alister Fenton, NIE Transmission Planning Engineer, said the process helps keep Northern Ireland's 3,500 towers or pylons looking their best.

"Painting the pylons yellow on the first coat, simply makes sure they don't miss a bit on the second coat," Mr Fenton explained.

"Just like the Forth Road Bridge, we paint the metal work on our towers or pylons to keep them in good condition and extend their lifespan.

"In some cases we paint the middle section of the pylon first. We can only paint the horizontal 'arms' which carry the wires when we 'de-energise' the lines.

"This means we divert the electricity elsewhere for a short period of time so that our painters can work safely."

Mr Fenton added that process is part of a continual cycle across the region.

He said: "Every year we paint approximately 175 towers. We have around 3500 towers or pylons across Northern Ireland so it is a continual cycle."

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roger butterworth in wakefield wrote (633 days ago):
As one who has the misfortune to live with one of these unsightly structures nearby and presently preventing my house from selling I too was curious as to why the yellow paint. Having seen it, I wish they would leave it in that colour instead of the drab depressing grey. Whoever decided they should be grey should see a psychologist. It's a bad depressing and negative colour so come on brighten things up a bit and go with brighter, more pleasing to the eye colours!
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