Over 350km of Olex overhead aerial cable is being installed on a new Transmission Line that is being built in New South Wales.
The 107km line stretches from Temora in south western NSW to the Lake Cowal Gold Mine in central NSW and is being built for Barrick Australia.
Olex has supplied $1.6 million worth of 132kV Lime and Galsteel E conductor cable for the project. Olex's commitment to the project also extends to providing design assistance and on site inspections of cable handling techniques.
Environmental issues are a priority in the construction of the transmission line and as such, a number of precautions are taken. A 40km stretch of highly visible spiral "bird diverters" are being installed at a migratory bird path crossing. The spirals will be attached to the earth conductors by helicopter. Other measures include day time and night time expert examination of living and decaying trees for possums or bat habitat prior to tree removal and Aboriginal assistance in identifying any artefacts of cultural significance along the transmission line corridor.
Conductor stringing began in August and was completed by November 2005.
The transmission line is rated at 42mW and will supply the Cowal Gold Mine's power needs.
Olex was also recently awarded the $3.4 million Aker Kvaerner, Barrick Australia - Cowal Gold Mine cable supply package as a result of its proven reliability on the Transmission Line project and other large scale industrial projects.