Minister Signs Off On Bentley East Project

Minister Signs Off On Bentley East Project

Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier

City Signs Up For Underground Power

Victor P Taffa

Energy Minister Peter Collier joined the City of Canning in a Signing ceremony today to mark the start of the Bentley East Underground Power Project.

This is the latest project to be launched through Round Four of the State Underground Power Program (SUPP) and is expected to be finished by January 2012.

Mr. Collier said it would deliver Underground Power to almost 760 Homes in the Project Area at a cost of $8.13 Million.

“Bentley East is the third Underground Power Project delivered in the City of Canning, adding to the completed project in Rossmoyne and the nearly completed project in Wilson (West).” the Minister said.

The Minister said the SUPP was a partnership between the State Government, Western Power and participating local governments, with more than 51 % of Homes in the Perth Metropolitan Area serviced by Underground Power.

“The Government target of having 50 % of Houses in the Perth Metropolitan Area connected to Underground Power by 2010 was achieved in January.” Mr. Collier said.

“Through the program, $265 Million has been spent on the Undergrounding of Power Lines and about 74,000 Properties have been connected.”

Mr. Collier said having reached that initial target, it was an appropriate time to review the program, which was introduced almost 15 years ago.

“The Office of Energy is carrying out the review, which will be open to Public Consultation.” the Minister said.

“It will address issues such as equity and affordability, identifying priorities for undergrounding power lines with respect to extreme weather, and the effectiveness of the current design of the Program.” Mr. Collier said.

Western Power Managing Director Doug Aberle said the Corporation was proud to be part of this successful Program, which has consistently been delivered on budget and on time.

“Underground Power brings many Benefits, such as Improved Reliability and Security of Power Supply, Enhanced Streetscapes, Lower Maintenance Costs and Increased Safety.” Mr. Aberle said.