Western Power completes marathon-length installation project

Western Power has installed 42.2km of cable, the equivalent distance of an Olympic marathon, providing underground power to residents in Coolbellup, Western Australia.

The project began in March 2012 and wrapped up with the removal of the last of 504 wooden power poles. Western Power completed the project, which represents the 43rd consecutive State Underground Power Program, on time and under budget.

The project cost of $10.3 million was shared by Western Power, the State Government and the City of Cockburn.

Western Power State Underground Power Program (SUPP) manager Nicholas Bailey said local residents have gained enhanced streetscapes, more reliable power, brighter and safer streetlights and a demonstrated increase to property values.

“This project has connected 965 homes to Western Power’s underground power network while adding immeasurable value to the area,” he said.

The new 281 streetlights alternate from one side of the road to the other and are spaced closer to each other, allowing more light to the roadway.

“With 55 per cent of Perth power now underground, the community, local government and state government continue to show their appreciation for the program,” Mr Bailey said.

Western Power will work closely with the City of Cockburn in the future, including completion of the current underground project in Hamilton Hill, due for completion in the first quarter of 2014. Other suburbs currently underway include Ardross, Attadale, Coolbinia, Shoalwater and Wilson.

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