NEW electricity zone substations in Raleigh, Boambee and Macksville are part of a $41-million power upgrade project unfolding on the Mid North Coast to meet increasing power demands.
Work is already underway on the new $12.6-million Raleigh substation on land adjacent to the old substation which is rapidly reaching the end of its life.
When commissioned in March 2009, this substation will double the power supply capacity to many parts of the Bellingen Shire.
Construction also commenced this month on a new $15.4-million zone substation at Boambee. This station will increase power capacity to the Coffs Harbour area fourfold when commissioned in May next year.
Work on the $13.2-million Macksville zone substation will commence in December.
This station will replace the old Newee Creek facility and provide triple the capacity when commissioned in July 2009. Its location, closer to the Macksville Industrial Estate, will also help improve supply reliability and energy efficiency to manufacturers. The NSW minister for energy, Ian Macdonald, said state-of-the-art remote control and monitoring systems will be installed at each station to enable faster restoration of essential electricity supplies in the event of unplanned supply interruptions, especially during the storm season.