The recent completion of major Energex grid upgrade will mean that more than 7,500 inner-southern Brisbane homes and businesses have a far more reliable power supply.
Energex has spent $14.2 million installing new 33,000 volt underground cables stretching from the Coorparoo substation directly into the Holland Park substation.
The project saw more than 3.5km of cable installed along the route and now supplies power to Holland Park, Holland Park West, Tarragindi, Coorparoo and Greenslopes
According to Energex Asset Manager Derek McIntyre the new work reduces the load on the aging power cables that used to inject electricity into the area.
“Before the completion of this project the Holland Park substation relied on power cables that ran from Moorooka and Tennyson and were more than half a century old,” Mr McIntyre said.
“These new cables not only take a substantial load off the existing ones, they also provide another injection point for power into the Holland Park area.
“This will be particularly useful if an unexpected power interruption occurs, due to a storm for example, because our crews will be able to reroute power and have supply restored much faster.”
“The additional cables will also allow for further domestic and commercial growth in the area ensuring the community’s need for power is met now and well into the future.”
Mr McIntyre also thanked the community for their patience while the project was underway.
Energex’s underground network now makes up almost 33 per cent of the South East Queensland power distribution grid and laid end-to-end would stretch more than 16,000 kilometres – that’s further than the distance between Brisbane and London, England.