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Construction Underway on Major Brisbane, Australia Electricity Project

Energex is constructing a major new electricity substation for Brisbane’s inner northern suburbs which will boost power supplies directly or indirectly to more than 26,000 homes and businesses in this Southeast, Queensland community.

The new substation will be constructed on a disused former industrial laundry site. The old laundry building was dismantled earlier this year. Besides the soon-to-start construction, works associated with the substation project also involve upgrading and reconfiguring the underground and overhead powerlines in the surrounding suburbs.

The new substation, which is currently due to be completed in early 2014, will greatly enhance the electricity supply for homes and businesses in parts of Kelvin Grove, Paddington, Red Hill, Ashgrove, Herston, Spring Hill and Wilston.

Energex’s Central West Asset Manager Gary Madigan said the foundations for the new building were expected to commence during July with multi-staged construction occuring over the following 18 months.

“Being on one of the city’s busiest arterial roads and access ways the Queensland University of Technology campus, as well as the close proximity to surrounding accommodation buildings, Energex will strive to minimize the impact on motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and residents,” said Madigan.

“This will result in some night and weekend works, while for safety reasons traffic control measures will also be in place.

“In addition significant attention has been placed on the final design of the new building to best fit with the local environment, while the purpose-built facility will feature fully-enclosed, low-noise electrical equipment to reduce community impacts.”

Madigan said the project especially focuses on meeting the growing electricity needs associated with the Kelvin Grove Urban Village community including the Queensland University of Technology campus, Kelvin Grove State College, residential apartments, shops, restaurants and other businesses.

He said domestic and commercial energy use, especially at peak times, in the inner northern Brisbane suburbs had grown at levels ahead of national trends in the past 10 years and with this development comes the need for upgraded electrical infrastructure.

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