Energy Minister Anthony Lynham told Parliament today the state’s publicly owned transmission operator Powerlink has fired up construction works across the Wide Bay and Central Queensland.
The program has been revived after the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.
Works include upgrading the 150km Gin Gin to Woolooga transmission line.
“Critical infrastructure projects like these deliver local jobs as well as maintaining the reliable energy network that powers our state,” Dr Lynham said.
“Recommencing these important projects and supporting jobs is a critical part of Queensland’s COVID-19 recovery as we face tough global economic conditions,” Dr Lynham said.
“The Gin Gin to Woolooga line transfers power across the Wide Bay region, supplying Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gympie.”
Powerlink chief executive Paul Simshauser said Powerlink remained committed to adapting work practices to meet COVID-19 requirements, with project crews looking forward to returning to site.
“Powerlink’s back to work plan safeguards the health and safety of staff, contractors and local communities, while continuing to effectively maintain and strengthen the performance of the transmission network,” he said.
“A range of controls have been implemented to keep Powerlink project crews COVID-safe, including changes to work methods to observe social distancing, regular cleaning of common touch points, risk assessments for travel, and comprehensive management plans with contractors.”