$9.3m Valley power upgrade
MORE than 1000 homes and businesses in Gatton, Spring Creek and Glenore Grove are benefiting from the completion of a new electricity substation on Millers Road, Spring Creek.
The $9.3 million project involved the construction of a substation next to the new Gatton Correctional Facility, as well as new overhead powerlines and underground electricity cables connecting the new substation to Energex's Bulk Supply Substation in Gatton.
Energex's Western Region Asset Manager Russell Cross said the new substation would both improve the reliability of the power network in the region and provide a dedicated source of power for the new prison facility.
“The new Spring Creek substation has reduced the demand placed on the local electricity network supplying homes and businesses in parts of the Gatton, Spring Creek and Glenore Grove areas.
“The substation and new network of powerlines will also provide Energex technicians with more options for restoring power quickly if unexpected power interruptions occur.”
Mr Cross said the substation was also necessary to accommodate future residential and commercial growth in the region as well as meet the requirements for the correctional centre under construction.
“The Lockyer Valley region, like all rural residential areas in South east Queensland, is forecast to experience significant residential and commercial growth over the next 20 years,” he said.
“With this increase in demand for power, it is easy to see that this upgrade will ensure we can continue to meet the area's electricity needs into the future.”