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Power upgrade for CBD

Thursday, 16th December, 2010

Work is underway to improve the reliability of the city centre's power supply.

Country Energy said the $730,000 upgrade would also improve the safety of the electricity infrastructure in Gawler Place.

Regional general manager, Guy Chick, said the field team was making headway on the project which is expected to be completed by the end of April.

"This project will see the replacement substation on Gawler Place, doubling the capacity of the area's power supply and allowing Country Energy greater flexibility to manage the local power supply," Mr Chick said.

"Having extra capacity available in the area means that in an emergency or during planned maintenance or upgrade of the network, we can share the load around town, sending electricity around the network to maintain supply to residents."

The work will complement the $800,000 upgrade of the electricity network underway in Sulphide Street, bolstering supply to the CBD and surrounding homes.

New underground mains and conduits will be installed beneath Gawler Place and Blende Street to link the new substation with existing infrastructure, creating a ring around town to improve reliability.

Mr Chick said it would also improve the streetscape in Gawler Place.

"Once the new substation us up and running, we'll remove the older existing substation, creating a cleaner look for the area."

While some power interruptions will be required, Mr Chick said they would be kept to a minimum. 

Anyone affected by the localised interruptions will be notified individually, he said.

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