Country Energy’s Trent Grimston (left) and Brian Mclean at the Forge Drive facility.
Country Energy’s Trent Grimston (left) and Brian Mclean at the Forge Drive facility. Trevor Veale

Energy centre forging ahead

CONSTRUCTION has begun on a new Country Energy field service centre to house more than 100 local technicians and support staff involved in maintaining and operating Coffs Harbour’s electricity network.

The Forge Drive facility is being built with an environmentally sustainable design using solar power and water storage techniques to ensure the site delivers maximum operational and energy efficiencies.

Regional general manager Mid North Coast Brian McLean said the new site would help local teams respond efficiently to all demands, including emergency situations.

“The new service centre will be set up so staff has everything they need at their fingertips, while also providing a site that will meet the future needs of the Coffs Harbour area,” Mr McLean said.

The new premises will replace the old service centre in the Thompson’s Road site and will include office and training facilities, materials store and a zone substation workshop.

“The design makes the most of energy efficiencies and includes a 6kW solar power generator, solar hot water and more than 180,000 litres storage.”

It is envisaged that staff will move into the new premises by December.

The facility will also house Country Energy’s customer service centre, offering better parking and access.



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