Power line plan delayed
UPGRADE of the electricity transmission network supplying Gympie and Sunshine Coast regions is being deferred until 2019.
Acting Energy Minister Phil Reeves said as part of its annual network planning process, Powerlink Queensland had identified temporary change to the power flows into south-east Queensland.
“This means the need for the proposed Woolooga to Eerwah Vale Transmission Line and Eerwah Vale Substation Project is being deferred by around five years,” he said.
“Powerlink is currently consulting with landowners and other key stakeholders directly affected by the proposed Woolooga to Eerwah Vale project to discuss what the deferral means.”
Powerlink Chief Executive Gordon Jardine said the temporary change in power flows was a direct result of the recently announced liquefied natural gas projects in the Surat Basin area of south-west Queensland.
Mr Jardine said this temporary change to power flows would delay the overloads originally forecast for the electricity network supplying the northern Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions.
He said deferring the project would require the corridor and substation site selection process to be “redone” in about five years’ time. This involves the assessment of a broad range of route options, including the prevailing environmental, social and economic conditions, and the legislative framework.