Western Power has completed a state-of-the-art $24.2 million electrical substation that will safely distribute power to Western Australia’s new children’s hospital and the redeveloped Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre (QEIIMC).

State Energy Minister, Mike Nahan, said the Medical Centre Zone Substation had been designed to meet the current and future electricity supply needs of the medical precinct.

“Western Power has devised an electrical system that will be the critical life support for the cutting edge treatment facilities at the new children’s hospital and enhanced medical centre for generations to come,” Dr Nahan said.

Dr Nahan said the substation housed a sophisticated optical fibre communications system that linked intelligent electronic devices at the Nedlands site to Western Power’s network.

“The technology allows technicians to remotely operate the substation from Western Power’s Network Control Centre in real time which will deliver a safer, higher quality and more reliable power supply to the medical precinct.”

This marks a significant milestone in the QEIIMC project that is expected to be completed next year.

Dr Nahan said the substation was completed on time and within budget, and demonstrated Western Power’s ongoing contribution to State development.

“The new electrical infrastructure will improve the capacity and reliability of power supply to the growing medical precinct.”

The substation will also benefit the local community, including households, The University of WA, and Hollywood Hospital, as well as support future urban development in the western suburbs.

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