$104m for electrical structures

By Greg Chapman

THE completion of the Bargara and Childers substations will be two of the major projects completed, with Ergon Energy to spend $104 million on electricity infrastructure in the Wide Bay-Burnett.

Ergon Energy has released details of its network system investment for 2006/07, totalling more than $540 million.

An Ergon Energy spokesman said the last stage of funding for the $11 million Bargara substation would be allocated, as well as the $5.4 million rebuild of the Childers substation.

The first stage of the $20 million project to rebuild the 66,000-volt line from Childers to Gayndah will also receive funding, along with $2 million for the extension of three-phase power a further 18km along the line to Mt Perry.

General manager operations Paul Jordan said Ergon Energy's five-year strategy included the construction of five bulk supply points and 28 zone substations across the state.

"From a regional perspective, our investment towards capacity and reliability improvements are substantial and will be focussed on areas of highest need," Mr Jordan said.

"Ergon Energy will also continue its record operating and maintenance program, a strategy which is paying off for customers in terms of reliability and quality of supply.

"On top of the extensions to the network, vegetation management and other defect maintenance works on our existing equipment will continue to represent a significant part of our works budget this year.

"We are continuing to ramp up our resources, particularly in field crews, to cope with the extra works."

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