EnergyAustralia has announced that almost $250 million worth of major electrical infrastructure is due to come on line across the Hunter region over the next 12 months, providing the single largest boost ever seen to the region’s electricity network.

EnergyAustralia’s General Manager Engineering Geoff Lilliss said the energy company was on track to commission six major electrical projects over the next 12 months.

“Work on the Hunter electricity network will shift into overdrive over the next 12 months,” Lilliss said. “Major power lines connecting to the Argenton substation complex have been powered up in recent months. Major substations at Scone, Mayfield West and Kooragang Island are now being brought into service, with others at Adamstown, Jesmond and Kurri Kurri to follow next year. This work will provide the single largest boost ever seen to EnergyAustralia’s Hunter electricity network.."

Liliss said, "It is needed not only to keep pace with growing demand for power in residential and commercial sectors, but also required to renew, upgrade and replace large parts of the electricity network.”

About $150 million was being invested in another eight major electrical projects across the region:

  • The $19 million Raymond Terrace substation
  • The $28 million Tomaree zone substation at Nelson Bay
  • The $31 million Rathmines substation
  • The $30 million supply upgrade across Charlestown
  • A $25 million zone substation at Brandy Hill
  • A $4.9 million upgrade to the existing Singleton subtransmission substation
  • $15 million upgrade to the existing Tanilba Bay substation supplying customers on the Tilligerry Peninsula of Port Stephens
  • $3.9 million upgrade at Thornton zone substation

“These projects are fuelling growth across the regional economy in the Hunter Valley,” Lilliss said. “EnergyAustralia estimates that between $2 million and $5 million on each major substation project is spent with local construction companies, civil engineers, hydraulics experts, architects, landscapers, roofers, bricklayers and fencers. This major economic stimulus is driving local jobs and helping to continue to deliver a safe and reliable supply of power.”