25 July 2012
Energex has commenced a $10 million upgrade of the electricity network in Brisbane’s inner northern suburbs, boosting power supplies to more than 6,000 homes and businesses in the area.
The project will involve a major upgrade of Energex’s Hamilton Substation, located on the corner of Riverview Terrace and Kingsford-Smith Drive.
The substation upgrade will include the replacement of two electricity transformers and installation of new underground power cables to connect the new transformers to the existing power network.
As part of the project Energex crews will also install sections of new underground power cables and replace 3.4 kilometres of overhead powerlines in local streets in Hamilton and Ascot.
Energex Asset Manager Tim Hart said once complete, the project would improve reliability and capacity to homes and businesses in parts of Ascot, Hamilton, Eagle Farm, Hendra, Newstead and Albion.
“Like most parts of South East Queensland, the areas around Ascot and Hamilton have seen growth in energy use, particularly at peak times, due to the rapid uptake of energy hungry appliances like air-conditioners and large televisions,” he said.
“The upgrade of the Hamilton substation and local electricity network will ensure we can continue to meet the increasing electricity needs of residents and businesses now and into the future.
“Importantly, the upgrades will also give Energex crews more options for quickly diverting power if unexpected interruptions occur, which will improve power reliability.”
The project is expected to be complete in mid 2013, weather permitting.
Mr Hart thanked businesses, residents and motorists in advance for their patience as these important network improvements took place.
This project is part of a five-year capital expenditure program being undertaken by Energex to upgrade the South East Queensland electricity network.
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