ActewAGL has recently completed the construction of the $30 million dollar East Lake zone substation, in Canberra’s inner south, as part of a multi-stage project to ensure continued network reliability.

Continued residential and commercial growth in Fyshwick, the Canberra Airport precinct and South Canberra has placed increasing electricity demand pressures on Canberra’s electrical infrastructure.

ActewAGL Chief Executive Officer Michael Costello has officially opened the new substation which will ensure a secure and reliable electricity supply for this growing region.

“The East Lake zone substation will ensure that our network can meet existing and future demand and cement the ACT’s record as the most reliable network in Australia – now and in the future.”

Stage 1 of the project involved the construction of a new zone substation and underground 132kV high voltage transmission lines to Bruce and City East under the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

The state of the art substation was an achievement in technological excellence, and environmental planning and will substantially increase electrical reliability and security in the ACT.

Mr Costello welcomed the participation of construction partner Zinfra who conducted the building works on the environmentally friendly substation.

“You can’t deliver projects of this size and impact without innovation, teamwork and collaboration between all parties. This complex project was delivered on time, under budget, with minimal disruption to the environment.”

The works in the Jerrabomberra wetlands were carried out in consultation and with the involvement of local community, environmental and indigenous groups to ensure proper management of environmental and heritage issues.

Planning and evaluation has begun for Stage 2 of the project which includes the removal of the Causeway switching station.

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