Underground Power Program Continues

Underground Power Program Continues

Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier

Projects Shortlisted For Underground Power

Victor P Taffa

Projects valued at more than $77 Million have been shortlisted under Round Five of the State Underground Power Program (SUPP).

Energy Minister Peter Collier announced 10 Major Residential Projects that will provide underground power to about 8,200 households in the Perth Metropolitan Area.

“An equal record 89 proposals were received by the Office of Energy for Round Five.” Mr. Collier said.

“Each is assessed according to stringent guidelines, which focus on the potential to improve the power supply to residential areas with significant network reliability issues.”

“The evaluation and selection of proposals was a highly competitive process. The selected proposals are those considered to provide the greatest value for money.” Mr. Collier said.

Proposals shortlisted under Round Five are:

  • City of Canning (Wilson East);
  • City of Cockburn (Coolbellup East; Hamilton Hill);
  • City of Melville (Ardross West);
  • City of Rockingham (Shoalwater);
  • City of South Perth (Salter Point);
  • City of Stirling (Coolbinia);
  • Town of Bassendean (Ashfield);
  • Town of Victoria Park (Lathlain North; Lathlain South).

“These Local Governments will now develop detailed proposals in partnership with Western Power.” the Minister said.

Proposal areas for Round Five Major Residential Projects are between 500 and 800 lots in size, as submitted by local governments.

On-site works on the first of the successful projects is expected to start in mid-2011, once the project boundaries, designs and budgets have been finalised, with projects to be implemented over three or four years.

Mr. Collier said in submitting proposals, Local Governments needed to demonstrate that replacing the existing overhead network with underground power would deliver significant reliability benefits to residents, as well as show that they were able to fund their share of the project.

“Since most Councils co-fund underground power projects by passing the costs to property owners, community support was an important factor in selecting the final 10 proposals.” the Minister said.

“Property owners benefit from the increased value of their homes when underground power is installed.” Mr. Collier said.