New lines promise power to people

WORK is under way on the final stage of Ergon Energy’s $33 million project to upgrade the main electricity supply line from Toowoomba to Warwick.

A spokesman said yesterday work was due to be completed in October in readiness for next summer’s storm season.

“The project involves the complete replacement of one of the two 110,000-volt powerlines that run from Middle Ridge substation near Toowoomba through to Warwick,” the spokesman said.

“We are removing the timber-pole transmission line and replacing it with a concrete-pole line along the same 70km route.

“Work has been scheduled from April to October in the past two years and again this year to minimise the risk of weather impacting on power supplies while only one line is operational.”

He said some of the 280 new poles were now being delivered on the remaining section from East Greenmount to Middle Ridge and fitted out.

“The resumption of line works is imminent and earlier this month a specialist tower line crew from Rockhampton re-conductored the sections of line near the substations at each end.”



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