Energex begin work on big upgrade

ENERGEX has commenced work on an $8.4 million project to boost electricity supplies to more than 4000 homes and businesses in the Brisbane Valley.

The majority of the works involve the establishment of a new substation at the intersection of Brisbane Valley Highway and Paddy Gully Road at Glen Esk, about 7km south-east of Esk township.

The new substation is located where current powerlines supplying the region intersect and the project is designed to enhance Energex's ability to better manage electricity in the broader Brisbane Valley area.

The area that will have improved power supplies once the project is completed includes Esk, Lockrose, Coominya, Murrumba, Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams and Toogoolawah.

Energex's Asset Manager for the Western Region Russell Cross said the new Paddy Gully substation builds on the recent completion of a $6 million upgrade of electricity supplies in Peters Street, Esk.

“That project was only completed in February and is already helping Energex improve electricity supplies to domestic and commercial customers,” Mr Cross said.

“This latest project continues Energex's works in the company's western hub area which is seeing energy use, especially at peak times, rise at levels well above national averages.”

As part of the new Paddy Gully substation project a new slip lane will be constructed off the Brisbane Valley Highway to ensure safe entry and exit from the facility.

While no interruptions are expected to power supplies due to this project, there will be heavy vehicle movement, partial road closures and traffic safety officers on site during construction.

Energex thanks local residents and motorists in advance for their patience during these works.

Weather permitting the project is expected to be completed in late 2010/early 2011.

The project is part of a record $5 billion-plus, five-year capital expenditure program being undertaken by Energex.

In the 20010-11 financial year Energex, South East Queensland's electricity distributor, is investing around $1.02 billion on upgrades to its electricity network while a further $342 million-plus has been set aside to maintain and operate the network – that's an overall average of more than $3.7 million a day.

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