More than 17,000 homes and businesses in and around Australia TradeCoast’s (ATC) southern river area are benefiting from major ENERGEX upgrades to the power network.
The $25 million project involved the installation of a new substation at east Murarrie (Doboy), two new transformers at the Lytton bulk supply substation and new switching equipment ENERGEX’s Fisherman Islands substation.
According to ENERGEX’s Asset Manager for Metro North, Tim Hart, the massive upgrades are required to allow for current and future commercial growth in one of the largest industrial precincts in the country.
“These new upgrades are now providing a major boost to the power supply to the entire air, rail and sea network at the mouth of the Brisbane River,” Hart said.
“Not only are these new assets providing increased electricity capacity into the region, they will also add further layers of power reliability to an area that is imperative to Queensland’s economic growth.”
Australia TradeCoast’s General Manager, Dane McCracken said the upgrade was essential to the growth of the second largest employment zone in southeast Queensland.
“We know that ATC will continue to grow and with this growth comes increased energy demand,” McCracken said.
“To see ENERGEX deliver these upgrades to the network gives those doing business within ATC now and those thinking about relocating to this region the confidence that their energy needs will be met now and into the future,” he said.
“The figures outlined through our Business Occupant Survey showed that 74 per cent of ATC’s companies anticipate future growth over the next three years – making this investment by ENERGEX even more important.
“The continued delivery of integrated infrastructure is critical for the region to accommodate this growth and it’s important to remember this means more than roads and transport infrastructure. We also need to maintain our focus on what needs to be delivered in terms of critical utilities, like the power network.”
This project is part of ENERGEX’s $5 billion-plus, five-year capital expenditure program to upgrade and maintain the South East Queensland power network.