As Northern Ireland prepares to welcome the Giro d’Italia, Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) is pinking up a couple of pylons along the route!
The pylons at Eden, near Kilroot Power Station and near Ballycarry are being painted as part of NIE’s ongoing overhead line maintenance in the area but, instead of standard yellow undercoat, NIE has decided to support the Giro d’Italia by using pink.
This week a team of specialist painters will undercoat the pylons in pink paint and then when they apply the second coat of paint, the pylons will go back to their traditional grey.
Alister Fenton, NIE Assets Engineer, says, “Painting the pylons yellow or pink on the first coat simply ensures that we don’t miss a bit on the second coat. We have a lot of keen cyclists in NIE and with the Giro d’Italia arriving next week, we’re showing our support by going pink!”
He continues, “Just like the Forth Road Bridge, we paint the metal work on our pylons to keep them in good condition and extend their lifespan. Every year we paint approximately 175 towers. We have around 3500 towers or pylons across Northern Ireland so it is a continual cycle of investment, ensuring communities across Northern Ireland have a safe, efficient and reliable electricity supply.”
For more information on how we upgrade and maintain the electricity network across Northern Ireland visit nie.co.uk.