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More than 11,000 bird scare devices have been installed by power engineers in the Vitebsk region.

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More than 11,000 bird scare devices have been installed by power engineers in the Vitebsk region.

Exposure to birds is one of the main causes of emergency power outages. So in 2018, according to RUE “Vitebskenergo,” the number of outages associated with bird activity amounted to about a third of the total number of emergency outages of overhead lines of the main network.

In order to prevent the death of birds from electric shock, to protect overhead lines from nesting and landing of birds on supports, to ensure conditions for normal operation and operation of high-voltage lines, bird repellent devices, UOP-T, are used. They are installed on the horizontal shelves of the bearing corners of the traverse in the area where large birds (storks) can be planted and blocked by an arc discharge during a short circuit through the bird’s body to grounded support metal structural elements.

In 2018, the power transmission line services of the Vitebskenergo RUE branch offices installed more than 11,000 UOP-T devices on overhead power lines of 35 kV and above.

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