TransGrid has commenced construction on a new 132kV high-capacity transmission line to secure the power supply for New South Wales’ Central Western Slopes and Plains.
TransGrid central region manager, Ian Davidson said the Manildra to Parkes project is necessary to ensure the reliability of the electricity network, supplying the Manildra, Parkes, Cowra and Forbes areas.
“The project requires the installation of 360 concrete poles over 81 km between the Manildra and Parkes Substations,” Mr Davidson said.
Preliminary site works started in January on the first 17 km of line
“(We) will start preliminary works, which include the construction of access tracks in the first section of line,” Mr Davidson said.
“Following preliminary site works, construction will commence at Manildra and progress west,” he said.
“Foundations, pole installation, and stringing of electrical wires will take place over the next 12 months, with project completion scheduled for late 2011.”
Consultation was made available through a community liaison fficer.