Ausgrid has commissioned its new Cessnock South zone substation in the New South Wales Hunter region.
The $14.5 million substation is now supplying homes and businesses in Cessnock, Bellbird, Kitchener and Aberdare as well as vineyards to the west of Cessnock.
Ausgrid chief operating office Trevor Armstrong said it has replaced the existing zone substation at 23 South Avenue in Cessnock.
“The old substation was built in 1963 and needed to be replaced as key pieces of equipment are nearing the end of their working life,” he said.
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It has been built on land owned by Ausgrid adjacent to the old substation, which will also be retained.
Connections for more than half of the customers have already been switched over to the new substation with the rest to be transferred by the end of March when the old substation will be decommissioned.
Once all customers have been switched over, work will begin to remove aged electrical equipment from the outdoor yard of the old substation.