$9 million upgrade for Powerlink’s north Queensland lines

Powerlink’s north Queensland network will benefit from a $9 million maintenance program.

The works announced by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk would involve replacing 100km of earth wire from Townsville to Chalumbin substation near Tully and refitting 18 transmission towers on the line to Kareeya substation.

Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the transmission lines were built in the 1980s and they needed an upgrade.

“These types of maintenance works avoid or delay the need for new infrastructure, making it a cost-effective solution for electricity consumers,” Mr Bailey said.

Powerlink chief executive Merryn York said maintenance works had commenced on the line and would be completed by the end of this year, weather permitting.

“Our specialist crews will use helicopters to support the installation of earth wire as it reduces the impact on the community and environment,” she said.

“The refit works on the 18 towers near Kareeya substation will involved replacing corroded bolts and steelwork, installing new tower signs and anti-climbing equipment and repainting.”