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May 06, 2020
Powerlink study tackles system strength constraints

Powerlink study tackles system strength constraints

A Powerlink Queensland study looking to tackle a key challenge for renewable energy projects connecting to the grid has attracted $490,629 in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). The $922,000 Powerlink Cost-Effective System Strength Study kicked off in August 2019 and is expected to be complete this year. It is focused on at addressing system strength challenges by e...

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Apr 24, 2020
Rockhampton set for $10m transmission line refit

Rockhampton set for $10m transmission line refit

A $10 million project is kicking off in Rockhampton next week rejuvenating a decades-old transmission line and 37 towers.   Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke said the work was due to start on Tuesday (28 April) and would cover a stretch between Egans Hill and Rockhampton substations.   “Jobs and investment in maintaining&n...

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Apr 02, 2020
Construction kicks off on  $5.2m Cannonvale depot

Construction kicks off on $5.2m Cannonvale depot

Newlands Commercial Constructions is set to begin work this month on a new $5.2 million Ergon depot in the Whitsunday region. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the new development on Galbraith Park Drive in Cannonvale would replace the ageing Proserpine depot, which was badly damaged by severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie three years ago.  “Newlands has committed to hiring local contr...

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Mar 20, 2020
Renewable projects hit by ‘system strength’ constraints

Renewable projects hit by ‘system strength’ constraints

Two North Queensland solar farms and a wind farm face major output constraints due to “system strength” issues. The Australian Energy Market Operator flagged the problem affecting Mount Emerald Wind Farm, Haughton Solar Farm and Sun Metals Solar Farm in a market notice yesterday. “AEMO and Powerlink are continuing to investigate system strength requirements in North Queensland,”...

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Mar 04, 2020
‘Micropiling’ technique secures FNQ power towers

‘Micropiling’ technique secures FNQ power towers

Powerlink has completed a $6 million mountainside project to maintain the transmission line connecting Barron Gorge Power Station to the grid in Far North Queensland. Helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and specialised equipment were used to complete maintenance work on 18 electricity transmission towers along the line near Cairns, supporting 17 jobs in the process. Energy Minister Dr Antho...

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Dec 19, 2019
Towers on firm footing after Powerlink works

Towers on firm footing after Powerlink works

Powerlink has undertaken stabilisation works for a critical transmission line west of Cairns after heavy rain exposed the footings of five towers. Regular maintenance inspections are conducted on Powerlink’s transmission network to identify and prioritise any repair works which may be needed, particularly in the lead up to summer. Heavy rain in March 2018, when 485mm fell within 24 hours, s...

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Nov 21, 2019
Portable power solution draws accolades for Linked

Portable power solution draws accolades for Linked

Mackay-based Linked Energy is shining on the national stage, with its EcoSkid portable remote power plant taking out a Master Electricians Australia excellence award. It was the second year running that Linked Energy has topped the Energy Efficient Project of the Year category in the national awards. “We believe this award is a great reflection of Linked’s continuous efforts to showcase we...

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Nov 16, 2019
CopperString highlights power plight

CopperString highlights power plight

High electricity prices are robbing North West Queensland of new investment despite its enormous mineral wealth, the proponent of the $1.5 billion CopperString transmission project warns. CopperString 2.0 founder and executive chairman John O’Brien was commenting in the lead-up to next week’s Queensland Cabinet visit to Mount Isa. He said industrial electricity prices in the Nor...

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Oct 28, 2019
New solar farm set to connect at Columboola

New solar farm set to connect at Columboola

Luminous Energy has completed a contract to connect its proposed 162MW Columboola Solar Farm to the state’s network via the Columboola Substation. Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the solar farm, near Miles, would provide up to 400 construction jobs and the substation and transmission line works would support another 17 jobs. Construction of the project’s transmission assets is due to...

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