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Power secured for Easter on Magnetic Island

Published: 11 Apr 2017 11:14am

Ergon Energy is transporting large generators to Magnetic Island today to secure and supplement the island’s power supply for Easter.

Three ‘Pegasus” generation injection units and five other smaller generators will be installed at the Island’s three main bays and connected to Ergon’s network.

Customer Delivery Manager Mark Biffanti said the generators were to ensure the island had enough power for the peak Easter holiday period.

“The generators are needed as one of the island’s main submarine cables malfunctioned late last week. We suspect anchor damage but can’t confirm that until we get it out of the water today. “

“The remaining cable continues to supply the island but the generators will ensure there is adequate power to meet demand over the busy Easter holiday period,” Mr Biffanti said.

The damaged cable sits in three metres of water on the sea floor about 600 metres off shore near the Nelly Bay Harbour rock wall.

“Specialist cable technicians are on site. A sling will be put under the cable and it will be winched onto a pontoon where it will stay until repaired. “

“Our crews will work quickly to get it back into service which is expected next week. However, the time frame is also conditional upon the extent of damage,” he said.

While crews are working on the damaged cable, other crews are on the island and will position the generators and connect them to the network.

There are no power interruptions expected when the generators are connected.

“We understand the importance and significance to the island of Easter and the school holidays and these generators will make sure the tourism operators and local shops have enough power to trade over this period,” he said.

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