Increasing energy needs across the Sunshine Coast are now being addressed, with Energex and Powerlink announcing that $120 million worth of electrical infrastructure works have commenced.

Queensland Energy Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said the work by state-owned Energex and Powerlink would ensure safe, reliable electricity supply for the region.

Energex’s $100-plus million 132KV powerline between Powerlink’s Palmwoods substation and the West Maroochydore substation, is currently undergoing construction.

Powerlink has began work on its $16 million project to replace secondary systems in Palmwoods Substation and refit Powerlink’s 90km Palmwoods to Woolooga transmission line.

Together the electricity infrastructure investment will support 36 jobs and create 12 new jobs. Almost 185,000 jobs have been created in Queensland since January 2015 with 4000 extra jobs on the Sunshine Coast in the past year.

Dr Lynham said the infrastructure was necessary to keep up with the Coast’s growth.

“The Sunshine Coast is about to see a number of major projects roll out including the SunCentral CBD, airport extension, health precinct development and new master-planned communities, many of which were discussed when the Palaszczuk Government was on the coast for its Governing from the Regions program,” he said.

“And Queenslanders know that they can rely on their electricity transmission and distribution systems because they remain owned by Queenslanders.”

Works for the Palmwoods to Woolooga transmission line refit project are expected to be completed by July 2019, while the Palmwoods Substation secondary systems replacement project is scheduled from mid-2019 to mid-2021, depending on weather conditions.

Secondary systems are the control, protection and communications equipment. They operate the transmission network safely and reliably and prevent damage to physical plant in the substation such as transformers.

Powerlink Acting Chief Executive, Kevin Kehl, said the transmission line had been in service for more than 45 years.

“Our crews are currently refitting more than 200 transmission towers to replace aging insulators and steel work to extend the line’s technical service life for more than 20 years.”

Energy Queensland’s Head of Corporate Strategy and Executive General Manager for Asset Safety and Performance, Peter Price, said Energex’s project was being built to keep up with the significant investment, development and rapid growth planned for the Sunshine Coast.

“Energex’s SunCoast project is crucial for the future safety and reliability of electricity supply in this whole region,” Mr Price said.

Siobhan Day is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and Pump Industry magazine, and has been part of the team since early 2019. With a background in management in the non-profit sector, Siobhan has extensive experience in communications, professional writing and client management. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications and is currently completing a postgraduate degree.

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