Ergon starts talks
ERGON Energy is taking significant steps towards securing the power supply to Hervey Bay for decades to come with progress made on four proposed substation sites.
General manager Service Delivery Southern Paul Jordon said Ergon Energy had obtained approval for its proposed substation site at Toogoom and had purchased land for future substations to supply Scarness, Urangan and Burrum Heads.
Mr Jordon said the Toogoom and Dartmouth St (formerly known as Scarness) substations were the immediate priorities, while securing the Urangan and Burrum Heads sites was a prudent measure to ensure Hervey Bay's future energy needs could be met.
“Design work for the Toogoom substation has begun and we are close to finalising a line route to link it to the existing powerline between the Howard and Pialba substations,” he said.
“We are also about to begin consulting the community about our plans for a second line route to the Point Vernon substation, which will provide improved reliability of supply for customers supplied from both of those substations.”
Mr Jordon said Ergon Energy would seek approval for an indoor substation at Dartmouth St with a short underground link to the existing network.
“This emerged as the preferred option of residents in the area through the community consultation phase and we will proceed on that basis.”
Mr Jordon said community consultation also had been undertaken about a proposed substation site at the corner of Dayman, Pilot and Pier sts in Urangan.
“Given the limited availability of suitable land in Urangan, we have purchased that site to ensure we can meet our obligation to provide a safe and reliable power supply in the future,” he said.
“We do not expect to require a substation there for about 20 years based on current growth forecasts and we will seek approval to proceed about five years prior to the substation being required.”
Mr Jordon said a site also had been secured for a Burrum Heads substation before the sporting fields on the approach to the township.
A line route from the Toogoom substation was still being finalised, but would follow the main roads for most of the distance.
“On current forecasts, a Burrum Heads substation is expected to be required in 2035,” he said.
Mr Jordon said the level of investment required to build the four substations and associated line routes could not be determined until more detailed design work was undertaken, but would exceed $100 million in today's dollars.