Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter

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Powercor is installing leading-edge bushfire safety technology at 22 locations across Western Victoria.

The technology, known as Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL), is similar to a large safety switch on the network. It is designed to minimise the chance of a spark occurring if a powerline comes into contact with the ground or a tree limb, thereby reducing the risk of fires starting from powerline faults.

The REFCL device is being installed in some of the highest bushfire-risk areas in the Powercor network. The roll-out is part of a Victorian Government program in response to the recommendations provided during the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

REFCL Locations 

This new technology has already been introduced in Gisborne, Woodend, Camperdown, Maryborough and Castlemaine. Work will continue in three phases across Western Victoria. The program is expected to be completed in 2023.

To complete the stages of work safely, we may at times need to interrupt power supply. Our team works with the community, business and stakeholders to determine a time that minimises impact on the majority. 

If you have any enquiries about outages in your area, please call our Customer Contact Centre on 13 24 12.