Ergon Energy’s Bundy Central substation project manager Glenn Power overlooks the project.
Ergon Energy’s Bundy Central substation project manager Glenn Power overlooks the project. Submitted

Substations give Bundy power surge

RESIDENTS may have felt a surge of power with the Bundaberg Central substation coming online last Wednesday.

The $28.6 million substation has been under construction for about two years and was built to relieve pressure from the West and East Bundaberg substations.

The Walla Street substation will provide power to the CBD area, as well as Hinkler Central Shopping Centre.

While the project is yet to be completed, a spokesperson for Ergon Energy said having the substation online meant pressure would be taken off Bundaberg’s electricity system throughout summer.

An Avoca substation is also planned to help continue to relieve the pressure on the West Bundaberg substation.

Craig Harris, Ergon Energy area operations manager, said: “We have identified an emerging need for an Avoca substation to cater for the growing residential and commercial development in Bundaberg’s south-west corridor.”

The substation will be built on the corner of Doblo Street and Cummins Road on land recently acquired from the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

Over the weekend, Ergon Energy dropped off a two-page fact sheet into the letter boxes of residents in the area.

“It is right next to the existing 66,000-volt line that runs down Cummins Road. That means we can take power directly into the new facility from this existing line,” the fact sheet said.

The land, owned by the department but in the trusteeship of Bundaberg Regional Council, had previously been set aside as a waste reserve.

“It has been a waste reserve for many years and it could have been used for landfill but it never was,” Bundaberg Regional Council chief executive officer Peter Byrne said.

Mr Harris said Ergon Energy would continue to consult with the community as the new substation project progressed.



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