$4m power upgrade at Goomboorian
MORE than 3000 homes and businesses will benefit from a $4.3 million investment in a new substation and powerlines to be built at Goomboorian, north-east of Gympie.
Energex is building a new substation and installing four new 11,000 volt powerlines to connect the new substation to the existing electricity network.
The new substation construction will include the installation of an 8 MV.A 33/11 kV transformer.
Once complete, the work will increase the reliability of power supply to the local area including Goomboorian, Ross Creek, Downsfield, Wilsons Pocket, Wolvi, Coondoo, Kia Ora, Neerdie, Anderleigh and Toolara Forest.
Energex asset manager for the North Coast, Steve Lynch, said the upgrades were required to improve the reliability of supply to the local area and to cater for future growth.
“The area’s electricity is currently supplied from the Gympie Substation. By constructing the new substation at Ross Creek the reliability of electricity supply will be greatly increased,” he said.
“Much of the growth in the area coupled with the increased use of high energy appliances, such as wide screen televisions and air conditioners, places a high demand on the electricity network. This upgrade will ensure ongoing reliability, especially in times of peak demand.”
The new substation will be built on the corner of Tin Can Bay Road and Buchanan Road and will include new underground power cables and overhead powerlines. As part of the new powerline installation, some existing poles will be upgraded.
Construction on the project began late last month and the new substation is expected to be fully operational in about 12 months.
The project is part of a record $5 billion-plus, five-year capital expenditure program being undertaken by Energex.