Ergon forks out $23m for coast

ERGON Energy is spending $23 million to improve reliability and reinforce electricity supply to the southern end of the Capricorn Coast.

The next phase of the project is about to get under way with the new zone substation in Post Office Road, Tanby, nearing completion and construction of three outgoing 22,000 volt feeders to link up with the existing network to begin soon.

General manager operations Steve Leighton said they planned to have the work completed, if weather permitted, by December 18, with the total project commissioned and in service by mid-February next year.

“While some delays during construction of the substation have pushed the original commissioning date out slightly, we are pleased with the way the project is coming along and are looking forward to delivering the benefits of the project to customers in the Tanby, Emu Park, Zilzie, Coowonga, Coorooman Creek and Keppel Sands areas,” Mr Leighton said.

“This new project will not only reinforce supply and improve reliability in these areas, but will also provide us with more operational switching capabilities during contingencies and scheduled maintenance,” he said.

Mr Leighton advised that during the construction of the new feeders associated with the project, there could be a need for a number of planned interruptions to safely and effectively connect the new infrastructure to the existing network in the area.

“We will, however, be exploring and considering all options to limit the impact of this on the community,” he said.

“We are mindful of the impact projects like this can have on nearby neighbours during construction and as standard practice our contractors and staff will be taking all necessary steps to limit dust and noise levels associated with the project,” he said.

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