Power to the people
ENERGEX workers have been busy throughout Gympie this week as part of major power upgrades for this region and the Sunshine Coast costing more than $11.7 million.
On Wednesday morning, Energex had a crane atop the Normanby Bridge overpass securing powerlines.
An Energex spokesperson said the works related to replacement of communication and protection wires on lines in the area.
“The crews will be in the area for about two to three days completing these works,” he said.
“This work is part of a job stretching from Palmwoods to Woolooga which started in May 2009.”
As part of the upgrade, crews are replacing 112 kilometres of 132,000 wires and increasing the area's electrical capacity and reliability by installing a new 50MVA capacitor bank at the Energex Cooroy substation.
Energex north coast asset manager Michael Turner said the upgrade projects were required to ensure a safe and reliable electricity supply in Gympie and on the Sunshine Coast until the commissioning of a major upgrade proposed by Powerlink.
“Demand for electricity in the region has increased substantially over the past few years, and that upward trend in power consumption is set to continue with increased use of power hungry household items such as air conditioners,” he said.
“This upgrade to the communication system will help Energex restore power quickly when unexpected interruptions occur.”
Works started within existing easements connecting Energex's Cooroy, Traveston and Gympie substations in April.
Crews will also be working within the substation boundary, however, some inconveniences such as heavy vehicle movement and noise may be experienced.
All work should be complete by the end of this month.