Power goes underground to more than 86,000 WA homes

Power supplies to homes in the Perth suburb of Bicton will be built underground, as part of Western Power’s State Underground Power Program.

The overhead power distribution network will be removed and replaced with underground cabling along 8.85km of street frontage. The project will deliver underground power to another 780 properties in the northern part of Bicton.

Energy Minister Mike Nahan said the North Bicton project was one of 86 across Western Australia that had buried the electricity supply network to more than 86,000 homes.

“Underground power improves the reliability and safety of electricity supplies and enhances the streetscape of local communities,” he said.

“The State Underground Power Program continues to make a real difference for WA communities, and I commend the City of Melville for its enthusiastic involvement in the program. The State Government, the City of Melville, Western Power and local ratepayers have contributed $8.5 million to enable the delivery of underground power to another 780 properties.”

Dr Nahan said households and local governments will also save on the cost of tree trimming, which is necessary at this time of the year to prevent branches damaging powerlines, causing interruptions during storms.

Works are expected to be completed in September.

Since 1996, the State Underground Power Program has invested more than $350 million in 86 projects to bury the electricity supply network to more than 86,000 properties