Powerlink has recommenced a $67 million program of electricity infrastructure construction works across regional Queensland.
The state’s publicly-owned transmission operator will progress three projects in the Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
The three projects are:
- Replacing ageing primary plant and secondary systems equipment at the Nebo Substation
- Upgrades to the Calvale Substation and network reconfiguration
- Upgrades to the 150km Gin Gin to Woolooga transmission line
The program of works will support more than 150 jobs.
The Queensland Government’s plan for economic recovery involves a $50 billion infrastructure guarantee.
Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham, said critical infrastructure projects like those in the Powerlink program would deliver local jobs as well as maintaining the reliable energy network that powers the state.
“Recommencing these important projects and supporting jobs is a critical part of Queensland’s COVID-19 recovery as we face tough global economic conditions,” Dr Lynham said.
“The Nebo project will ensure this major hub in North Queensland’s electricity network continues to supply Mackay, nearby coal ports and the associated haulage network, and the Bowen Basin coal mining area.
“Works at Calvale will safeguard a reliable electricity supply to the Biloela, Moura and Blackwater areas and support mining and agricultural industries.
“And the Gin Gin to Woolooga line transfers power across the Wide Bay region, supplying Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gympie.”
Powerlink Chief Executive, Paul Simshauser, said the company remained committed to adapting work practices to meet COVID-19 requirements, with project crews looking forward to returning to site.
“Powerlink’s back to work plan safeguards the health and safety of staff, contractors and local communities, while continuing to effectively maintain and strengthen the performance of the transmission network,” Mr Simshauser said.
“A range of controls have been implemented to keep Powerlink project crews COVID-safe, including changes to work methods to observe social distancing, regular cleaning of common touch points, risk assessments for travel, and comprehensive management plans with contractors.”
Powerlink will invest more than $1.8 billion on capital works in 2020-21, supporting nearly 4,000 jobs.