Workers start erecting fencing as construction starts on the new electrical sub- station in Pine Street, Gympie.
Workers start erecting fencing as construction starts on the new electrical sub- station in Pine Street, Gympie. Craig Warhurst

$4m Gympie power upgrade

HOMES and businesses in Gympie and surrounding areas are set to benefit from Energex’s construction of a new substation at Gympie.

Work on the $4 million project has started with a new substation to be built at Pine Street, including the installation of a 25MV.A transformer.

Once complete, it will increase the substation capacity of the local electricity network by 30 per cent.

Construction started this week. The work will also include connecting the substation to the existing network at the substation site and along Pine Street.

Energex Asset Manager for the North Coast Steve Lynch said the new work would provide continued reliability of supply to the area. “The Gympie area has experienced significant energy growth in recent years with homes using more power,” he said.

“This power consumption is expected to continue its upward spiral as we see a greater uptake of energy-intensive home appliances such as air-conditioning and wide screen televisions.”

Mr Lynch thanked residents and businesses in advance for their patience during the necessary upgrades ,with work expected to be complete in April, 2011.

He said in keeping with our commitment to the Gympie community after recent consultation, Energex is exploring alternative options for the necessary electricity supply link between the new substation and the existing substation at Wises Road, Gympie.

Mr Lynch said this would not involve new overhead powerlines though the main part of the town.

“Ground testing occurred during July to determine the viability of putting the proposed new overhead powerlines underground. These results and new alternatives will be conveyed to the Gympie community once analysis has been completed.”

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