Extra power resources on standby for TC Nathan

Published: 17 Mar 2015 2:30pm

Ergon Energy is preparing to position emergency generation units in Port Douglas and Mossman with the possibility that Tropical Cyclone Nathan may cross the coast of Far North Queensland late this week.

Extra field crews are now also on standby as part of further preparations.

Emergency high voltage mobile substation equipment (known as "Pegasus" units) are now positioned in Cairns and Townsville for immediate deployment if required, with a further Pegasus unit being readied for transport from Rockhampton.

"We are taking the threat of this cyclone system seriously and our customers should too," said Ergon Customer Delivery Manager Tropical North Charlie Casa.

"With our preparations now strengthened further we are confident we have the resources in place to do our job as required," he said.

With Tropical Cyclone Nathan forecast to hit the coast at a predicted Category 3, electricity customers should be prepared for the possibility of lengthy power interruptions according to Ergon.

"Our experience shows that cyclones of this intensity can impact power supply for two weeks or more in some cases," explained Mr Casa.

"People should have contingencies in case electricity supply is interrupted and make sure they keep themselves and loved ones safe during and after the storm – particularly making sure they keep away from fallen powerlines," he said.

Ergon Energy operates depots and workshops in seven localities across the Far North coast in the districts near or adjacent to the expected TC Nathan landfall and has strategically located spares and equipment across North and Far North Queensland. Ergon Energy will keep customers informed via the Outage Finder available at https://www.ergon.com.au/network/outages-and-disruptions/power-interruptions/outage-finder.

Media Contact: Mark Timmerman
Phone: 0408 065 088

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