Francis Logan

Francis Logan

Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise

    Upgrade to Margaret River power supplies

    16/01/2008 11:00 AM

    Work has begun on a $2million upgrade to the electricity network in Margaret River and surrounding areas.

    Energy Minister Francis Logan said the upgrade would help meet the growing demand for electricity in the area and improve overall reliability.

    “Margaret River and the surrounding areas have experienced high levels of growth in recent years and the network upgrade is necessary to match the levels of development in the region,” Mr Logan said.

    The new work, which is expected to be completed by June this year, includes:
    • upgrades to powerlines near Bridgelands Road, Stevens Road, Redgate Road, Thomson Road and Jindong Treeton Road; and
    • the installation of 15 new poles and the replacement of five existing poles on the Osmington Road line.
    The Minister said the work, which is funded as part of the State Government’s Rural Power Improvement Program, would also increase the flexibility of the network and reduce restoration times by allowing electricity to be redirected on alternative lines during power outages.

    He said another $1.2million was being spent to upgrade power supplies in Pemberton, Bridgetown, Capel and Coolup.

    This work would include the re-building and reinforcing of parts of a 10km three-phase powerline section in Bridgetown, replacing a 3.3km three-phase line section in Pemberton, reinforcing several single-phase line sections in Capel and refurbishing 209 poles in several single-phase and three-phase line sections in Coolup.

    Acting Western Power chief executive Phil Southwell said underground cables had also been installed along 2.6km of Caves Road, with further undergrounding scheduled for later this year.

    “We are using underground cables to reduce the power interruptions caused by branches falling on powerlines from the high number of trees along Caves Road,” Mr Southwell said.

    Mr Logan also said work on the new $35million transmission line between Busselton and Margaret River, announced in last year’s State Budget, had begun.

    He said the new 132kV line, which is expected to be commissioned in 2010, would replace the current line.

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