Oklahoma City, Okla. October 15, 2021 – ITC Great Plains will conduct aerial patrols of high-voltage transmission towers and lines in southeast Oklahoma on Tuesday, October 19, weather permitting. The helicopter patrols are conducted to provide an overall status of the overhead transmission lines owned and operated by ITC Great Plains, LLC.
The aerial inspections in southeast Oklahoma will cover an area ranging approximately 18 miles from Fort Towson in Choctaw County to near Millerton in McCurtain County.
These patrols are a North American Electrical Reliability Corporation requirement for ITC’s vegetation management program, support proactive maintenance objectives, and are in line with the company’s model for operational excellence. They include inspections of steel towers, poles, conductors (wires), insulators and other equipment. Crews will check for damaged or worn equipment and vegetation hazards.
The inspection flights are often conducted at low altitudes to allow accurate visual inspection of equipment and are normal procedures, so there is no cause for alarm if a low-flying helicopter is sighted near transmission lines.
About ITC Great Plains
ITC Great Plains is a transmission-only utility operating in the Southwest Power Pool region. The company operates approximately 470 circuit miles of transmission lines in Kansas and Oklahoma. ITC Great Plains is a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent electric transmission company in the U.S. Unlike traditional utilities, ITC focuses only on transmission, has no geographic constraints, and is independent from market participants. ITC therefore views the electric grid and its current and future needs from a unique, holistic perspective.
Media Contact: Elizabeth Hunt, APR (918.277.4868 | EHUNT@ITCTRANSCO.COM)