Ergon Energy has acquired additional land in the industrial area east of Mitchell, QLD to build a new substation that will provide the region with an increased level of electricity supply.

Maranoa Area Operations Manager Jeff Green said the new site is near the existing substation that supplies the town and surrounding areas.

“While the existing substation will be retained to distribute power in the local area, the incoming power supply to Mitchell will be more secure when the new substation is in place,” Mr Green said.

“The substation will be supplied by a new, high-reliability 66kV line supported by concrete poles and feeding off the existing power line between the Roma and Charleville substations.

“The existing 33kV line from the Roma substation to Mitchell will remain in place and be available for use as a back-up during planned maintenance or if a fault occurs on the new line.

“The combination of new infrastructure which meets current standards, along with the back-up option, will see improved reliability for Ergon’s 750 customers in Mitchell and neighbouring areas, including Mungallala.”

Mr Green said the substation project, including the new high-voltage power line as well as the control building and electrical infrastructure, would cost about $16 million.

He said Ergon Energy was negotiating with landowners in the area to identify an agreed corridor for the new 66kV power line, heading east from the substation site and then north to the existing 66kV line.

“Staff will be on site early next month to undertake further investigations,” he said.

“Then, in coming months, the new substation site will be fenced and a sign installed to indicate its future use.

“A firm starting time for construction is yet to be included in Ergon Energy’s forward capital works plan.”

Michelle Goldsmith

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