19 September 2012
Energex has today announced the deferral of the proposed Montville Substation project, with a series of smaller scale upgrades of the existing electricity network being proposed instead to improve the area’s power reliability.
Energex Asset Manager, Steve Lynch, said the project deferral, including the withdrawal of the Sunshine Coast Council Development Application, follows a detailed review including analysis of potential alternatives, community feedback, and the company’s broader capital program.
“A combination of community feedback and a review of our capital program have led to the deferral of the Montville Substation project; however there is still a need to improve the reliability of power supply to the area,” he said.
“Since the Montville Substation project commenced in 2005, several overhead electricity network improvements in the surrounding area have been completed, resulting in a more reliable electricity supply for Montville’s businesses and residents.
“We’re confident we can continue to deliver some of the power reliability improvements that would have been achieved through the construction of the substation by changing some existing network configuration and upgrading pole-mounted electrical equipment.”
Over the coming years Energex will undertake a review of the long-term strategic plan for network development across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, and will retain the property on Balmoral Road until these plans are confirmed.
“As part of our commitment to provide a safe and reliable electricity supply in South East Queensland we will continue to monitor the hinterland’s future energy needs and work with the community to find suitable solutions if and when required,” Mr Lynch said.
“I would like to thank the community for their input into the project, including neighbours, local and state government representatives, key stakeholders and community groups.”
Over the last five years, Energex has invested more than $340 million in the North Coast region (including Sunshine Coast and Gympie council areas) in network upgrades, maintenance and operation.
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