Durlacher Street to un­dergo works over 29-month pe­riod

Geraldton Guardian - - News -

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.

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