Power surge for Cooloola Coast
ENERGEX has started a $5 million project to boost Cooloola Coast power supplies before Christmas, Energy Minister Stephen Robertson said yesterday.
Mr Robertson said the work would significantly improve the reliability and capacity of power supplies to more than 3300 homes and businesses at Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach.
It would improve the reliability and capacity of the electricity network in Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach.
"The project involves duplicating the existing 33,000 volt powerline along Tin Can Bay Rd from Coondoo Creek to the Energex Tin Can Bay Substation, which will ensure a more resilient power supply to the area," Mr Robertson said.
"Seasonal tourist peaks often drive electricity peak demand, particularly in areas like Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach which swell in numbers over summer holidays.
"The Cooloola Coast project will ensure there's sufficient electricity capacity to meet the holiday peaks, and the duplication of the existing network will also give Energex crews more options for quick restoration if power is unexpectedly interrupted," he said,
Energex North Coast asset manager Steve Lynch said helicopters would be used to string 21 kilometres of powerline along Tin Can Bay Rd.
"Weather permitting, this work will be carried out between November 15 and 17," Mr Lynch said.
"The helicopters will be required to fly low to carry out this work, so residents are advised to secure animals or livestock that may become unsettled."
Mr Lynch said crews would be required to switch off the existing line's supply, in order to safely connect the new powerlines.
"To minimise customer impact, mobile electricity generators have been placed around the area to supply power while the work is being carried out," he said.
"Some power interruptions are expected on November 10 and 17."