Tin Can Bay to get power upgrade

RESIDENTS, businesses and holidaymakers in Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Village and Rainbow Beach are set to benefit from an upgrade to the area’s power network.

Energex is investing more than $5 million duplicating the 33,000 volt overhead powerlines stretching 21 kilometres from Coondoo Creek to the Tin Can Bay substation located on the corner of Tin Can Bay Road and Bayside Road.

Construction will start this month and once complete the work will bolster the power supply to more than 3500 Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Village and Rainbow Beach residents and businesses.

Energex asset manager for the North Coast, Steven Lynch, said the upgrades were required to ensure the electricity network had the power capacity to manage current and forecast growth, especially during peak holiday times.

The upgrade will also support Laminex Industries’ plant located in Toolara Forest at Kia Ora.

“This area, especially Rainbow Beach, dramatically increases in size over the Christmas and Easter holidays with visitors enjoying this beautiful part of our coast,” Mr Lynch said.

“The upgrade will ensure the ongoing reliability of supply to the area during these peak holiday times and will also cater for an increased number of high energy appliances such as air-conditioners and large flat screen televisions in local homes.”

The duplicate power line will be constructed along Tin Can Bay Road from Laminex Road to Bayside Road on the opposite side to the existing powerline.

The project is expected to be completed by mid-2011.

Energex thanks local residents and motorists in advance for their patience while the necessary upgrades are under way.

The project is part of a $5 billion-plus, five-year capital program being undertaken. In the 2010-11 financial year Energex, South-East Queensland’s electricity distributor, is investing around $1.02b on upgrades to its electricity network while a further $342m has been set aside to maintain and operate the network.

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