Ergon to investigate power upgrade at last for Mossman
BLACKOUTS in Mossman could finally be relegated to the dark ages once and for all.
Ergon Energy has approved the business case for undertaking preliminary investigations into the possibility of connecting the Greater Mossman area to the highly-reliable 132Kv MareebaMossman feeder.
Rocky Point Port Views Estate Community Association secretary Malcolm McKellar has been fighting for the upgrade for more than 15 years and is delighted with the latest development.
“We understand this approval process to undertake the preliminary investigations will now lead to Ergon’s development of the details of the project with regard to design, cost, and construction scheduling,” Mr McKellar said.
“I have little doubt that consummation of this project will be of as much benefit to Ergon Energy, in those measures of efficiency, performance, and customer service applicable to Ergon, as it will be to the 7500 long-suffering residents of our community, and its expectations for implementation of the cut-over to reliable supply.”
Ergon Energy’s Network Investment Review Committee last month considered the business case to upgrade the Mossman Zone Substation to a 132/22Kv arrangement and connect into the high-reliability 132Kv Turkinje - Craiglie transmission line.
Regional services northern operations manager Geoff Bowes said he was pleased to announce the preliminary investigations had been given approval by the company.
“Approval has been given to progress to a full investigation of the scope and costs of developing the new substation on the existing site of the Mossman substation,” he said.
“These preliminary investigations will take 12 months and will cover a number of issues including environmental issues - probably the most important because where the lines have to go would be through the Wet Tropic World Heritage area.
“We have to consult widely with the community because there are two views being held at present, some people want the power, others don’t.
“Also Ergon is excised from some areas of the region through legislation and so we cannot provide the power even if we wanted to.
“The community also has to make application to Ergon to have the power supplied to them and they have to bear the cost to extend the network to get that power to them.
“But the present proposal entails building a new 132/22Kv substation, decommissioning the old 66/22Kv substation, and removing the 66Kv sub-transmission lines across the Rex Range.
“Ergon Energy is now progressing to the next phase of project development and estimate preparation is anticipated to take around 12 months to complete, and, subject to final approval at that stage, would then proceed into the construction phase.”
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