Substation secures future electricity supply for Canberra’s South

ActewAGL has recently completed the construction of the $30 million dollar East Lake zone substation as part of a multi-stage project to ensure its network reliability.

The development comes after continued residential and commercial growth in Fyshwick, the Canberra Airport precinct and South Canberra has has placed increasing electricity demand pressures on Canberra’s electrical infrastructure.

ActewAGL chief executive officer Michael Costello officially opened the new substation in March, saying it will, “cement the ACT’s record as the most reliable network in Australia – now and in the future.”

Stage one of the project involved the construction of a new zone substation and underground 132kV high voltage transmission lines to Bruce and City East under the Jerrabomberra Wetlands.

Mr Costello welcomed the participation of construction partner Zinfra, which conducted the building works on the environmentally friendly substation.

“You can’t deliver projects of this size and impact without innovation, teamwork and collaboration between all parties. This complex project was delivered on time, under budget, with minimal disruption to the environment,” he said.

The works in the Jerrabomberra wetlands were carried out in consultation and with the involvement of local community, environmental and indigenous groups to ensure proper management of environmental and heritage issues.

Planning and evaluation has begun for stage two of the project, which includes the removal of the Causeway switching station.