30 August 2012
Energex has flicked the switch on a $20 million-plus multi-stage upgrade to electricity supplies in the Whiteside-Dayboro area which will benefit more than 2000 local homes and businesses.
The project involved the construction of a 15MVA substation on Dayboro Road at Whiteside and more than 20km of new or upgraded overhead powerlines and underground electricity cables.
Primarily the project will benefit homes and properties in Whiteside, Samsonvale, Kurwongbah, Joyner, Rush Creek and Dayboro, but it will also indirectly benefit homes and businesses throughout the broader Moreton Bay region through increased capacity and network reliability.
The upgrades have allowed Energex to reconfigure the region's overhead powerline network, almost halving the length of the original powerline that previously supplied the area between Lawnton and Dayboro. The result is five shorter powerlines which will greatly assist Energex crews with options to restore power faster should unplanned electricity interruptions occur during events such as storms or damage to equipment.
Energex’s Asset Manager Tim Hart thanked local home owners, businesses operators and motorists for their patience while the upgrades were taking place.
“The establishment of the substation has required some extensive construction activities and heavy vehicle movements, while the upgrades to the local electricity network has been complex due to the terrain and connections between power supplies,” said Mr Hart.
“As a result there were a number of power interruptions during the course of the project while new electricity connections were being made.
“We greatly appreciate the patience and understanding of residents and businesses in the area while this work was underway to improve the local power supplies.”
The Whiteside project was among a series of projects, collectively valued at around $130 million, designed to boost power supplies to more than 160,000 people living in Brisbane’s northern gateway.
These projects are part of Energex’s commitment to provide a safe, secure and highly reliable, cost effective electricity supply to its customers. The capital works program aims to improve and reinforce electricity supplies across South East Queensland, especially to meet peak electricity demand periods, and to support the increased use of residential solar power and lifestyle enhancing appliances, such as air conditioners and flat screen televisions.
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