Energex has commenced work on the $10.5 million upgrade the Rocklea Substation, which will improve the reliability of electricity supply to 4,100 homes and businesses in the surrounding area of South East Queensland, Australia.

Work has commenced at the substation, located on the corner of Muriel Avenue and Beaudesert Road, and will include building on the vacant land adjoining the existing substation, installing a new 33/11 kV transformer and constructing a new modular building to house the new and existing electrical equipment.

Energex Asset Manager Russell Cross said the multi-stage upgrades would provide benefits by improving power reliability and increase capacity in the area to cater for future growth.

“Energex is committed to providing all areas of South East Queensland with a safe and reliable electricity supply and this project will ensure we continue to deliver on that commitment Rocklea,” he said.

“The upgrade at Rocklea will include the installation of newer, more efficient equipment and allow Energex to prepare for any future growth in Moorooka, Rocklea, Salisbury and surrounding suburbs.”

Cross thanked residents, businesses and motorists in advance for their patience while the upgrade works were underway. For safety reasons traffic controls and restricted parking may be required around the substation.

Subject to weather conditions works are due to be completed by August 2014. Once work is completed, the area around the substation will undergo re-vegetation and landscaping.

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.