Energex contract workers drill test holes along the proposed power line route.
Energex contract workers drill test holes along the proposed power line route. Renee Pilcher

Energex to fix power line problem

RESULTS of drill testing along the proposed underground route for high voltage powerlines through Gympie city were expected in the next couple of weeks, an Energex spokesman said yesterday.

Drilling of test holes along the proposed route from a new power substation in Pine Street on Gympie’s north side to the existing main power substation at Wises Road, One Mile started this week.

Construction of the new Pine Street substation near Nestle is expected to start in the next two weeks and establishment of the new power line route was of high priority, an Energex spokesman said.

He said establishing the route to connect the two substations was a matter of urgency if high quality power supply was to be maintained to the area.

Energex originally planned to run the high voltage power lines on a series of 20-metre-high power poles through Gympie, but this plan was met with a volley of protest from the city’s residents.

This plan was abandoned by Energex after the public protest, with the announcement made at a public meeting.

The power supplier said at the meeting it would investigate alternative methods of connecting the electricity substations.

Drilling along the proposed underground route has involved test holes 1.5 metres deep at 34 survey points.

An Energex spokesman said the results of the testing would determine whether the power line was placed underground through the city.

He said if this route proved too hard as a result of rock formations then other alternatives would have to be investigated and this could involve a much longer overhead or underground route on the western side (Southside) of the Mary River but the preferred option was underground along the path now being drilled.

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