Western Australia Minister for Energy Peter Collier
Underground Power Project Launched In City Of Melville
Victor P Taffa
The State Government is set to provide underground power in the Attadale area, following the launch of the latest project in the State Underground Power Program.
Energy Minister Peter Collier has taken part in a signing ceremony with the City of Melville and Western Power, acknowledging the benefits of improved residential amenity, safety and security of the power supply to the area.
“Attadale South represents the City of Melville’s fifth underground power project, adding to the completed projects in Applecross, Bicton, Mount Pleasant, and Booragoon.” Mr. Collier said.
“It will connect almost 1,380 houses at a cost of $13.5 Million and is expected to be completed by March 2012.”
The Minister said each underground power project was a partnership between the State Government, Western Power and the participating local government, and almost 51 % of homes in the Perth Metropolitan Area were serviced in this way.
“Through the program, $246 Million has been spent on the undergrounding of power lines and about 70,000 properties have been converted.” Mr. Collier said.
“The Office of Energy will soon start a public review of the program, addressing 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.”
Western Power Managing Director Doug Aberle said the corporation was proud to be part of this successful program.
“Underground Power has many benefits, includes improved reliability and security of Power supply, enhanced streetscapes, lower maintenance costs and increased safety.” Mr. Aberle said.
Short-listed proposals for round five of the program will be announced in October, with the first of these scheduled to start construction in mid to late 2011.