Approval granted for electricity upgrade

New South Wales distributor Endeavour Energy recently received approval for a $17 million upgrade to deliver power to the Oran Park precinct, located eight kilometres north-east of Camden, and Sydney’s south-west region.

The upgrade is vital to Endeavour Energy’s long-term network strategy for powering more than 110,000 homes in the region.

Plans involve the construction of a new line between Lodges Road, Elderslie, and the Oran Park Zone Substation. The new line utilises part of an existing overhead route to establish a new predominantly overhead pole line.

“Community feedback on our early plans shaped the final route we chose across the floodplain,” Endeavour Energy deputy chief executive officer network Rod Howard said.

“Initial consultations showed the visual impact of the new line, particularly across the Narellan Creek floodplain, concerned some sections of the local community,” he said.

“In response, we modified our original proposal to move the line approximately 600m away from the nearest residences.” When the new line is commissioned, Endeavour Energy will remove the existing line from Macquarie Grove Road to part way across the Narellan Creek/Condron Creek floodplain to reduce the overall impact of the network on the area.

The Oran Park Precinct is a rapidly growing residential area and was the first development in Sydney’s growth centres.

Endeavour Energy wrote to residents along the new alignment and stakeholders who have previously made submissions to inform them of the changes. The distribution company also met with Camden Council and the Member for Camden to ensure a favourable design outcome.