Regional power line ensures vital energy supply

New South Wales distributor TransGrid recently completed construction of a vital central-west power line between Manildra and Parkes.

TransGrid’s executive general manager Michael Gatt said the completion of construction on the new transmission line will help ensure a reliable power supply to the Manildra, Parkes, Cowra and Forbes areas into the future.

“Construction of the new high capacity 132kV transmission line was completed during December 2011,” Mr Gatt said.

“The new power line will strengthen the Central West’s electricity supply network which provides power to thousands of homes and businesses in the region,” he said.

“The new transmission line will provide the additional capacity needed to meet expected increases in electricity demand over the coming years.”

Construction of the new transmission line involved the installation of more than 360 concrete power poles over 81km.

A team of more than 100 staff and local contractors have been working with helicopter crews since August 2011 to string electrical wires along the length of the new line.

TransGrid commenced construction on the new transmission line in January 2011. The line will be energised during the first half of 2012.