Ergon Energy has commissioned detailed design and construction plans for a redevelopment of its Mossman zone substation in northern Queensland.

The plans will allow accurate costing and move the project closer to final approval according to Manager Regional Services Geoff Bowes.

“A project manager has been appointed to drive the design and approval process and we expect to make final submissions to Ergon’s Investment Review Committee before the end of this year,” Mr Bowes said.

Construction on the substation’s redevelopment could begin in 2014.

Mr Bowes said the significant costs involved with a zone substation upgrade such as Mossman’s facility required careful scrutiny.

“Our customers across regional Queensland ultimately bear the cost of all network investment – as such this spending must deliver value and tangible improvement,” he explained.

Mr Bowes said Ergon was committed to working together with its 2,955 customers in the greater Mossman/Daintree district towards better network reliability.

He said network improvements had already been delivered since last year, with further works planned before mid-2014.

The works already delivered or due for completion in coming months included:

– Installation of high voltage switching equipment in several locations (including on the Daintree feeder) to improve reliability and restoration times.

– Re-conductoring sections of line in Cooya Beach, Shannonvale and outside Mossman township.

– Two automatic switching stations in the Stewarts Creek area.

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