$7 million electricity network project for Brisbane’s southside

A $7 million investment in Powerlink Queensland’s transmission network is set to improve network performance and ensure the safe, reliable and cost effective supply of high voltage electricity across Brisbane’s southern suburbs.

The project involves refitting 24 transmission towers along the 7.5km Runcorn to Belmont line, which is part of the high voltage electricity network supplying Brisbane’s southside.

Powerlink chief executive Merryn York said the project would support more than 20 jobs and extend the service life of the transmission line into the future.

“The Runcorn to Belmont transmission line was built in 1971 and condition assessments completed late last year identified a number of components that need to be refitted,” Ms York said.

“Our specialist crews will focus on strengthening tower foundations, replacing corroded bolts and steelwork, cleaning and painting towers, and restoring anti-climbing barriers.”

On-ground construction activities are expected to commence in late July, with project completion anticipated by November, weather permitting.

“The commencement of this work will follow the completion of a similar refit project currently underway along the 4.5km Algester to Runcorn transmission line, which is expected to be completed in mid July,” Ms York said.