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Australian Timber Pole Resources for Energy Networks. A review

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Francis, L. P. and Norton, J. (2006) Australian Timber Pole Resources for Energy Networks. A review. Technical Report. Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland.

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More than 5 million timber utility poles are currently in-service throughout Australia’s energy networks. Most were produced from select native forest-grown hardwood species having the required structural characteristics and naturally-durable heartwood. Anecdotal evidence suggests that up to 70% of the timber poles that are currently in-service were installed over the 20 years following the end of World War Two, and these poles are likely to require replacement or remedial maintenance over the next decade.

The purposes of this review were to clarify the supply and demand situation for traditional timber poles, and to investigate alternatives in terms of their potential availability and suitability.

Item Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Business groups:Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© The State of Queensland, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries 2006. © The State of Queensland Copyright protects this publication. Except for purposes permitted by the Copyright Act 1968, reproduction by whatever means is prohibited without prior written permission of the Department https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/website-information/copyright
Keywords:Timber pole; utility pole; wood durability; preservative-treated timber.
Live Archive:13 Dec 2011 04:09
Last Modified:10 Jul 2023 00:55

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