Ergon Energy crews worked to fix a cable at the Cannonvale substation that caused mass outages across the region in December 2020. Picture: Ergon Energy
Ergon Energy crews worked to fix a cable at the Cannonvale substation that caused mass outages across the region in December 2020. Picture: Ergon Energy

$24M upgrade to Ergon Energy substation fast tracked

A $24 million upgrade to the Ergon Energy Cannonvale substation has been fast tracked by 12 months.

This news comes after mass power outages hit the Whitsunday region in December last year.

Early works such as the planning and design are already in motion – the project will then go out to tender.

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This process was meant to begin in 2022, but has been fast tracked by 12 months.

The upgrade is expected to be finished by 2023.

Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said it was important to give the community confidence in the network’s resilience after an unpredictable series of recent outages and the impacts of COVID-19 on local operators and households.

“The Cannonvale substation supplies electricity to more than 6,000 customers, including the key tourism precinct of Airlie Beach,” Mr de Brenni said.

Ergon Energy crews are installing overhead powerlines in a bid to prevent another outage in the region. Picture: Ergon Energy
Ergon Energy crews are installing overhead powerlines in a bid to prevent another outage in the region. Picture: Ergon Energy

“While a lot of work has been done to reduce the risk of further outages since December, bringing forward the major upgrade will ensure the region continues to regain confidence following the loss of international tourism.

“Because this significant investment was already in the pipeline, planning is well under way and construction can be phased to minimise disruption to the community.

“Locals can rest assured there is plenty of capacity in the network to meet demand now and into the future.”

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