AusNet to spend $20 million on Pakenham substation upgrade

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AusNet Services has announced a $20 million upgrade for the Pakenham Zone Substation in Victoria’s West Gippsland.

The upgrade will improve supply to more than 14,000 electricity customers in Pakenham South, Cora Lynn, Na Na Goon, Tynong and Maryknoll.

AustNet regional customer and community manager Gareth Downes said the local population is growing rapidly.

“We are upgrading and modernising the facility to ensure a reliable supply of electricity to surrounding residents and businesses for the foreseeable future, and to cater for projected growth in this booming area,” he said.

The works are set to commence early next month and scheduled for completion in 12 months.

The upgrade will include replacing three existing transformers and installing two larger transformers to increase capacity and reliability. It is expected the substation will continue to operate while the works are under way.

“Significant planning has gone into the project to minimise inconvenience to local residents and business owners from the works, and to ensure the work can be completed safely,” Mr Downes said.

“We’ve been in touch with neighbouring residents to discuss the works, along with municipal authorities,” he said.