Metford substation project

 Metford substation project

Ausgrid is building a new substation at Metford to replace the existing East Maitland zone substation. The new substation is being built at 67 Turton Street, Metford at the former Pullins Carpet Warehouse site.

Project need

The Metford substation project will assist Ausgrid to maintain a safe and reliable power supply to East Maitland, Metford and surrounding suburbs. The new Metford substation, when complete and connected to the network, will replace the existing East Maitland zone substation, located on the corner of Brisbane and Adelaide Streets, East Maitland which is nearing the end of its serviceable life. The new site was chosen as it is located next to an existing 33,000 Volt power line that will be used to supply power to the substation.

Project status

The remaining project stages are:

  • Now to mid 2014 - construction of the new building 
  • Mid 2014 - electrical equipping of the substation starts  
  • Late 2015 - new substation commissioned.

Please note these are only indicative dates.  

The new substation will be connected into the existing electrical network via two separate 33,000 Volt connections to ensure security of supply. A number of 11,000 Volt cables will also be connected from the new substation to the existing network. Nearby residents and businesses will receive more information about these works.

Project approval process

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.

Community consultation

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 Maitland City 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 power line works.

If you have any questions or comments about the project, please contact us any time (see project contacts top right).

What to expect during construction

Like any construction work, there is noise and dust, and temporary traffic and parking disruptions, which work to minimise as much as possible. There is traffic control in place to ensure the safety of the work crew and the public.

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.