Energex launches $6 million upgrade
RESIDENTS in Esk will benefit greatly from the newly built $6 million Esk substation.
Spokesperson for Energex, Danny Donald, said the new substation gave Energex the potential to restore power outages much quicker.
“The aim of the substation is to make a much more reliable power source,” he said.
The Peters Street facility will bolster the electricity supply to 1700 local homes and businesses, as well as providing power to a new pumping station to help replenish Toowoomba’s dwindling water supplies.
Wayne Wendt, Member for Ipswich West, said the substation was a welcome boost to the area with the town expecting an increase in population.
Energex’s Asset Manager for the Western Region Russell Cross said before the Esk substation was built the town was receiving electricity from Energex’s Murrumba substation, about 10km east of Esk along Paddy Gully Road.
But with Esk expecting a 25 per cent surge in power demand over the next five years he said a closer substation was required to manage this forecast electricity consumption.
“The new substation will greatly assist Energex improve electricity supplies in the area, especially as we see the area continue to expand both domestically and commercially,” he said.
“Importantly this project also incorporates the upgrading of powerlines from Energex’s Coominya substation which will not only benefit the new Esk and existing Murrumba substations, but also those at Toogoolawah and Somerset Dam.”
Somerset Regional Mayor, Graeme Lehmann, thanked Energex for bringing the project to Esk.
He said the substation gave Esk a chance to grow as a community.
“It is also great to see Energex putting back in to our local community groups,” he said.
Energex gave $1000 to the Brisbane Valley Meals on Wheels as well as money to a local radio station.