Rockhampton transmission line gets $10m overhaul

Powerlink, Western Power, Empired, Energy Networks, AER, transmission, AEMC, Victoria

A $10 million project has started in Rockhampton rejuvenating a decades-old transmission line and supporting 30 jobs. 

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said work would extend the service life of 37 transmission towers between Egans Hill and Rockhampton substations. 

“This transmission line has been providing a critical supply of electricity to the Rockhampton area since it was built in 1963,” he said.

“At nearly 60 years old, it’s time for important refit work to secure the ongoing safe, cost effective and reliable operation of the network.

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“Powerlink has done significant and careful planning to ensure all COVID-19 requirements are met.”

The first stage of the project involves replacing ageing transmission line hardware, such as insulators, along the 11 kilometre-long line. 

From July, work will include painting transmission towers, replacing corroded bolts and steelwork, re-installing and upgrading earthing systems, and strengthening foundations.

Work will continue until December.

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Powerlink interim chief executive Kevin Kehl said the refit work had been carefully planned using multiple specialist crews to minimise any potential for delay from COVID-19 restrictions.

“Some transmission towers are located near homes, major roads, sporting fields and recreational facilities, so at all times our crews will conduct their activities with as little disruption as possible,” he said.

“We thank everyone for their patience and understanding while this essential work is completed.

“Powerlink is committed to safe work practices and engaging closely with landholders and other stakeholders to minimise any potential impacts.”