Parramatta underground cabling project underway

Work has begun Endeavour Energy’s $26.5 million investment in new underground electricity cables servicing the Parramatta central business district and surrounding areas.

The project is the latest stage of Endeavour Energy’s $300 million upgrade of the electricity infrastructure servicing Sydney’s second largest CBD.

Endeavour Energy’s general manager network development Ty Christopher said the new underground cables will connect two major new substations currently under construction to the company’s existing transmission network.

“Once completed, this will form the backbone of electricity supply to the Parramatta CBD and surrounding areas for decades to come,” Mr Christopher said.

Endeavour Energy’s contractor Diona will be excavating trenches in the road and laying conduits over the next six months at a rate of up to 50m per day.

“To minimise inconvenience to drivers during construction activities, the majority of excavation works in the Parramatta CBD will be undertaken at night with at least one lane open to traffic,” Mr Christopher said.

“Once the conduits are in place, installation and jointing of the new cables will take another twelve months to complete.”

Mr Christopher said local residents and businesses would be notified ahead of any work being carried out near their homes or businesses.

Work is expected to be completed by late 2013.