NEW TRANSFORMER: A meeting of angry and frustrated Gunalda and Glenwood residents earlier this year to protest against poor power supply and constant outages.
NEW TRANSFORMER: A meeting of angry and frustrated Gunalda and Glenwood residents earlier this year to protest against poor power supply and constant outages. David Crossley

Powerful news for Ergon customers north of Gympie

ALMOST 2000 households in and around Gunalda, Glenwood, Gootchie, Bauple, Gundiah, Miva, Peterson, Sexton and Theebine are about to be a great deal happier.

A concerted community effort to improve poor power supply to those neighbourhoods has succeeded in achieving an investment in new infrastructure from Ergon.

A new transformer installed at Ergon Energy’s Gootchie substation will be energised for the first time in the early hours of next Tuesday morning (June 7).

Acting Fraser Burnett Customer Delivery Manager Jim McNall said the new 6.3 MVA transformer would provide a considerable boost in capacity and was expected to carry the entire substation load for the foreseeable future.

“This new transformer replaces one of the 2MVA transformers on site, which were manufactured in 1959, while the second older transformer will remain on site as a contingency measure,” he said.

“The new transformer has been installed to meet current environmental standards, including the use of oil containment bunding as a precautionary measure.”

Mr McNall said a power supply interruption of about five minutes would be required for the safety of crews on site when the new transformer was energised.

This would begin at 2am on Tuesday to minimise the inconvenience to the community.

The 1800 customers supplied from Gootchie substation, including those in and around Bauple, Glenwood, Gootchie, Gunalda, Gundiah, Miva, Paterson, Sexton and Theebine, would be affected.

“We apologise to customers for the inconvenience, but are confident they will appreciate the improved capacity and reliability of supply the new transformer will deliver,” he said.

“This upgrade was one of the works in progress we highlighted to community representatives in this area earlier in the year when they raised legitimate concerns about the quality and reliability of supply during the summer.

“Other works associated with the connection of the new service station on the Bruce Highway near Gunalda, also due for completion before the next storm season, will further enhance the resilience of the network for customers in this area.”