Homes, businesses, medical facilities and new developments in Spring Hill, Herston, Bowen Hills and Fortitude Valley, Southeast Queensland, Australia, are set to benefit from a massive $50 million-plus upgrade to local electricity supplies.

The multi-stage project includes the construction of a new building to house two new 60 MVA transformers and upgraded electrical equipment within Energex’s Victoria Park substation on Bowen Bridge Road in Spring Hill.

The project also involves the installation of new underground power cables to connect the upgraded substation to the existing network, ensuring optimum power supplies and electricity reliability for the region.

During January, Energex crews and contractors will commence key tunneling works for the electricity underground cables in the Gregory Terrace-Bowen Bridge Road area and between the substation and the hospital precinct beneath the railway line and Inner City Bypass.

Energex Asset Manager Gary Madigan said the upgrade was about underpinning the future of power supplies in the area to cater for residential and commercial growth.

“As the local area grows with new developments and urban renewal projects, it is essential we ensure ongoing supply to cater for this growth,” he said.

“The regeneration of RNA Showgrounds and expansion of the Herston hospitals and medical research precinct – along with a range of other local projects – will place a much greater demand on the electricity network, and this upgrade ensures we keep up with local development.

“This upgrade will result in a more reliable power supply, and importantly, it will also allow us to meet the growing electricity needs of large customers in the area, particularly at peak times,” Madigan said.

Weather permitting the upgrade is expected to be completed next year.