AN underwater bore beneath the Clarence River is less than 250 metres away from its goal – to make way for a direct route for Iluka’s electricity supply from Yamba, according to the Daily Examiner.

The operation will ensure that Iluka’s growth never exceeds its capacity for a reliable power supply, as it will draw on high-voltage power cables relocated under the Clarence waterway.

The plan to do away with the 30-kilometre journey from the Maclean Country Energy substation to the village of Iluka via overhead power lines has been in the pipeline for more than three years.

It follows extensive engineering studies, test bores and consultation with NSW Maritime and local lands councils.

It involves the largest under-boring ever carried out in the region, with a 70-tonne directional drill being used by Coe Drilling.

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