The new substation at 529 Medowie Road, when complete, will provide greater power reliability to the Medowie area.
The new substation at 529 Medowie Road is required to assist Ausgrid to maintain a safe and reliable power supply to Medowie and adjacent areas.
Civil construction is now complete and the final commissioning stages are underway with the substation planned to be in operation by June 2014.
The new substation is being connected to the existing 33,000 Volt network by three separate 33,000 Volt overhead powerlines to ensure security of supply. This work is nearing completion with the powerlines designed, where possible, to avoid mature trees on private property and on the road reserve along Medowie Road.
Cabling works near to the substation will soon start. These works will enable the new 11,000 Volt cables from the substation to join to the existing 11,000 Volt network.
Ausgrid is the approving authority for these works under the NSW Environmental Planning & Assessment Act. This project has been approved under the State Environment Planning Policy (Infrastructure) 2007 (ISEPP). The Infrastructure SEPP enables Ausgrid to be the determining authority for this type of development.
Ausgrid welcomes feedback from interested community members as part of our planning and assessment process and at any stage of the project. As part of the the Infrastructure SEPP, Ausgrid has consulted with Port Stephens Council and neighbouring residents. We have been in regular contact with our neighbours through newsletter and letterbox drops. Consultation with nearby residents will continue as the project progresses, including information about powerline works.
If you have any questions or comments about the project, please contact us any time (see project contacts top right).
Work hours for this project are 7am to 6pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.
There may be some interruptions to the electricity supply while the existing power lines are transferred to the new poles. Resident and businesses that may be affected by this work will be notified in advance of any interruption with dates and expected times for the interruption.