Country Energy are currently working on upgrading lines between Duranbah and Cabarita.
Country Energy are currently working on upgrading lines between Duranbah and Cabarita.

Power upgrade covers outages

COUNTRY Energy is midway through a $1.2 million Tweed Coast upgrade that will ultimately improve power supply and reliability along the fast-growing strip.

The project involves upgrading the powerlines along Cudgen Road between Duranbah and Cabarita and is intended to give Country Energy a better ability to provide back-up power to Cabarita, Hastings Point, Pottsville and surrounding areas in the event of an “unplanned supply interruption”.

Country Energy’s regional general manager for the Far North Coast, Richard Wake, said more than 3.5 kilometres of old copper powerlines were being replaced with higher capacity aluminium, which was also stronger and longer lasting.

“There are many benefits to this upgrade,” Mr Wake said.

“When severe storms hit as they did in May the work we’re doing now will not only strengthen the network but provide us with better back-up options in the event of power being lost.

“By improving the capacity of these lines, we are also catering for future growth in the area.”

Crews have started on the project and over the next few weeks plan to continue to replace powerlines, poles and associated equipment, as well as installing a new substation for residential customers in Banksia Avenue, Cabarita.

“Completing a number of different jobs in the same area at once simply makes good business sense,” Mr Wake said.

“It reduces disruption to residents, increases our productivity and limits the amount of future work we’ll need to carry out in the area.”

While Country Energy says it is making every effort to minimise the impact of construction on the community, over coming weeks several planned interruptions are scheduled – the next on Wednesday – to complete the work safely.

All customers affected are to be notified individually.

“We thank customers for their patience and understanding during this time,” Mr Wake said.

“We realise it is inconvenient without power, but I’m sure people will notice the difference after work is completed early in the new year.”

The refurbishment forms part of Country Energy’s $99 million commitment to network maintenance and improvements on the Far North Coast this financial year.

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