A dog has been specially trained to detect faults in a power network deep underground to help keep electricity flowing this winter.
SP Energy Networks (Spen) has been trialling the use of Jac, a detection dog, who can smell oil and and hydrocarbon gases through earth and tarmac and pinpoint a fault up to two metres deep by pointing with a front paw.
The pooch’s sense of smell could save engineers from digging holes toy try to find the source of problems.
Jac has had a 100 per cent success record in pinpointing faults on 30 different occasions.
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