Durlacher Street to undergo works over 29-month period
Western Power is moving Geraldton’s power supply from the Durlacher Street substation to the Rangeway substation in a $22 million project to meet current and future needs.
Geraldton’s population and power needs have changed since the substation was built in 1972 and so the power supply will be moved to the Rangeway substation which was built less than 20 years ago.
The project was decided upon as the most cost-effective way to manage the future supply of power to meet the expected population growth of Geraldton.
Western Power major works program team leader Daryl Hatton said the upgrade would be done in stages to minimise community effects.
“Our team has been engaging with residents to ensure they’re clear about what to expect,” he said.
Stage one will begin this month with underground cables being installed along Hutchinson Street, North West Coastal Highway, Johnston Street, Eastern Road, Victoria Street, George Road and Snowdon Street.
Stage two will start next year with the installation of more underground cables.
The final stage of the project is expected to run throughout 2019 and will be involve the decommissioning of Durlacher Street substation.
Western Power will give advance notice to residents and work to minimise its impact on the community.