With a hot season forecast and predictions of an above average number of cyclones, Queensland’s electricity corporations have been busy preparing their networks.
Energy Queensland and Powerlink have completed pre-summer preparations to ensure the 220,500 circuit kilometre electricity network is ready and have already been given an early taste of the season with the recent storm activity.
Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said summer readiness preparations, particularly in cyclone-prone parts of the state, were business as usual for Queensland.
“Queensland is the most decentralised state in Australia, making our electricity network extensive,” Mr Bailey said.
“That’s why we continually seek to improve our network resilience and refine emergency response plans and abilities.
“Powerlink and Energy Queensland have been through emergency exercises and simulations, vegetation management around lines and substations, and specific inspections of critical network equipment, to get ready for the storm season.”
Energy Queensland CEO David Smales said as the largest electricity distributor in Australia, it was vital to be well prepared for storm and cyclone events this summer.
“We face our greatest test during summer when we experience the greatest exposure to significant weather events,” Mr Smales said.
“Our network businesses Energex and Ergon Energy, as part of our summer preparedness program, have completed essential maintenance checks, increased our inventory of supplies including available generation and tested our disaster management plans to ensure our employees respond safely and effectively to any emergency situation.”
Powerlink CEO Merryn York said Powerlink’s network delivers electricity to four million Queenslanders.
“We have experienced people and tested procedures to ensure we restore power as safely and as quickly as possible following an extreme weather event,” Ms York said.