Energex pushes for powerline route
ENERGEX is pushing ahead with plans for a new powerline route through Gympie to connect the soon to be built Pine Street substation with the existing electricity substation at Wises Road.
Work on the new substation is due to start on July 19 and as a result Energex is now investigating alternatives to its original plan to install high power poles through Gympie city to carry the high voltage powerlines.
This plan was abandoned after public protest and a public meeting in Gympie the power supplier saying it would investigate alternative methods of connecting the electricity substations.
As part of this plan Energex will start soil testing along a proposed route through Gympie next week.
This work will involve drilling core samples 1.5 metres deep at 34 survey points along the preferred option for the route through Gympie. It is expected the drilling will take about four days to complete but this will be dependent on the terrain that has to be drilled.
An Energex spokesman yesterday said the preferred option for the town route is underground cables for the entire distance from Pine Street to Wises Road.
He said the underground route would require a 4.8 kilometre long trench through areas of hard rock and could have possible impacts such as partial road closures, noise disruption and some heavy vehicle movement in the suburbs affected.
Another option for the powerline route could involve a much longer overhead or underground route on the western (Southside) of the Mary River.
However, at this stage Energex would prefer to put the powerline underground via the inner city route the spokesman said.