22 October 2012
Work on a $9 million-plus upgrade to electricity supplies on the southern Bayside is progressing well and will move onto a new stage of the project during the next few months.
While the bulk of the project involves the redevelopment of Energex’s existing electricity substation in Kamarin Street, Lota, the project also involves the installation of new electricity cables in the local area.
Construction of the new underground cables will occur along Kamarin Street, Ringara Street and along parts of Manly Road to reinforce power supplies to homes and businesses in the area south and east of the substation.
Energex Asset Manager Tim Hart said that once complete in the middle of 2013 the overall project would enhance the electricity supplies for almost 10,000 homes and businesses in Birkdale, Lota, Manly, Manly West, Ransome, Thorneside, Tingalpa, Wakerley, Wynnum and Wynnum West.
Mr Hart said all effort would be made to minimise the impacts of the cable works for local homes and businesses, schools, motorists and pedestrians.
He said the substation redevelopment and associated local network upgrades were designed to ensure the substation meets the energy demands of the growing population.
“Energy use – especially at peak times – in the southern Bay region has been rising at levels well above national averages for many years and this is forecast to continue.
“Much of this will be due to the continuing rise in domestic air-conditioning penetration which now stands at close to 75 per cent in the area. Across the Lota substation supply area there are around 12,000 air-conditioning systems installed in local homes, and according to the latest Queensland household energy survey this is tipped to rise to 16,000 systems within five years.
“This domestic energy use growth is being supplemented by rapidly rising commercial and industrial expansion as well as continued growth of new housing developments.”
Energex’s forecasts show peak demand use in the area is set rise by around 18 per cent by 2020.
Mr Hart thanked the local community for their patience during the upgrades.
This project is 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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