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Ergon to release cyclone outlook

By Renee Cluff, Monday October 14, 2013 - 11:19 EDT

Ergon Energy says it is confident it can cope with the upcoming cyclone season in north Queensland, despite cutting 15 per cent of its workforce over the past 18 months.

The Bureau of Meteorology is due to release its seasonal cyclone outlook tomorrow - forecasters have recently said they expect at least one cyclone to cross the far north coast.

Ergon's chief executive Ian McLeod says hardly any of its jobs cut were front-line positions.

"We have the same field resource levels that we had during Yasi in 2010 and the other issue is Yasi was the biggest deployment of field resources in Australia - we had people from Energex, we had people from New South Wales, we had people from as far away as Victoria," he said.

"So in an event like that you have to draw resources from all around the country, so I have no issues there."

Mr McLeod says a high-power generator known as 'Pegasus' has been deployed to Cairns, in preparation for the cyclone season.

"Once you get a cyclone through it's about getting the business centres on as quick as you can, so they've got communications, food, all those sorts of things, a sense of normality and that's what the Pegasus will do, it will allow us to put big areas on very quickly," he said.


© ABC 2013

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