Endeavour Energy has started a $3 million upgrade to powerlines in Bawley Point in New South Wales.
The project will see 9km of new high voltage powerlines constructed to increase the capacity of the local network and improve security of supply.
“Bawley Point is at the most southern part of our network and experiences significant peaks in demand for electricity over the Easter and Christmas holidays,” Endeavour Energy general manager network services Scott Ryan said.
“We currently need to operate the local network at peak capacity during these times to meet the extra demand, which increases the risk of supply interruptions to the area.
“The upgrade will improve the security of supply to all customers as well as cater for the extra demand for electricity needed for further development at the Willinga Lake Equestrian Centre.
“Once completed, the upgraded network will give us additional operational flexibility to reduce the number of local customers affected when undertaking future planned maintenance.”
Mr Ryan said the upgrade was approved following a robust assessment to achieve the best balance of community, environmental, financial and technical considerations.
“While we are starting work on those parts of the project already approved, in parallel we will complete assessments on some smaller sections, including where we need to under bore part a small section of Murramarang National Park,” he said.
During construction, Endeavour Energy will work with local residents and businesses to minimise any inconvenience.
The upgrade is expected to be completed by December 2018.