Ausgrid is planning to lay a new 132,000 volt underground cable and spare conduits for a future second cable between Kingsford and Randwick to replace existing cables that are nearing the end of their service life.
Our substation in Randwick is serviced by 132,000 volt underground cables from substations in Waterloo and Double Bay. The cables from Waterloo are nearing the end of their service life and need to be replaced to maintain a reliable electricity supply to customers.
Ausgrid is planning to retire the Waterloo substation in the next few years so the new cables can’t be installed along the same route as the existing ones. The most cost effective solution would be to install the new cables and spare ducts from the closest supply point to Randwick that has available 132kV connection points. That is our Kingsford substation.
We are planning to retire the existing cables from Double Bay in the mid-2020’s.
The project is part of a program to retire fluid filled cables across our network.
The project is currently in the planning stage and an environmental assessment (known as a Review of Environmental Factors or REF) has been prepared.
If the project is approved for construction, site activities could start in late 2018. Work to install the new cables in streets would take 6-9 months. Work to join sections of cable together and restore areas of road and footpath impacted by the work could extend into 2020.
Ausgrid will keep residents, businesses and other stakeholders updated on what to expect during the project stages.
Under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, Ausgrid is the nominated determining authority for assessing and approving works for the Kingsford to Randwick cable project.
As part of this process, an environmental assessment (known as a Review of Environmental Factors or REF) has been prepared. The REF assesses the potential environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of the new cables and will include a range of specialist studies and feedback from the community, councils and other authorities.
The REF is now on public exhibition (see details in section 'View the environmental assessment' above) and we encourage community comments on the proposal. Community feedback will be considered prior to the project being assessed for construction approval.
The REF is on public exhibition until Thursday 27 September 2018 at the following locations:
Randwick City Council - 30 Frances Street, Randwick, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm
Ausgrid – 570 George Street (printed copies available to view at reception in Bathurst Street
Members of the project team will be available to discuss the REF with you at The Randwick Club on Tuesday 18 September 2018 between 4pm and 7pm.
No appointment is necessary, just drop in at any time. If this date and time isn’t convenient, you can get in touch with us using the contact details on the right hand side of this page.
Online (see section Review of Environmental factors)
Feedback on the REF can be submitted using the REF feedback form. You can also contact us and we will send you a form. All comments will be considered before the project plans are finalised.
We are planning to install a new 132kV underground cable and a set of spare conduits between Kingsford and Randwick. The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) will be on exhibition from Friday to Thursday 27 September 2018.
Following the REF exhibition period, Ausgrid will review and consider all submissions and prepare a report. The project will then be determined for approval based on the information in the REF.
Please click on the links below to view the final REF documents.
Ausgrid started engaging with key stakeholders, such as Randwick City Council in early 2018 to obtain feedback on the preferred cable route.
Engagement with residents and businesses along and around the preferred cable route started in late March 2018 when the first project newsletter was distributed. A second newsletter was issued in early September 2018 to provide an update on the project and information on how to view and make a submission on the REF. Copies of the newsletters can be found on the right hand side of this page.
On 5 and 10 April 2018, we held two information sessions, one at the Juniors Kingsford and the other at the Randwick Club, to seek local information and initial community feedback on the preferred cable route.
At the community information sessions, members of the project team gave two short presentations - on project need and what to expect during construction of a typical underground 132,000 Volt cable project. The presentation can be viewed via the link at the bottom of this page.
Ausgrid has now prepared an environmental assessment (Review of Environmental Factors or REF) which includes a range of specialist studies and input from the community, councils and other authorities. The REF is on public exhibition for comment between Friday 7 and Thursday 27 September 2018 and a drop in sessions will be held on Tuesday 18 September at the Randwick Club. (see also section 'Review of Environmental Factors')
We will continue to engage with the community and stakeholders during each stage of the project. Ausgrid welcomes questions or comments about the project at any time (see project contacts top right). Community feedback assists us to identify potential issues and address them in our construction plans to minimise impacts.
This project would involve installing the new 132,000 volt cable and spare conduits through streets in Randwick and Kingsford. Retiring the existing cables between our substations in Waterloo and Randwick would involve some work at various locations along that cable route and at the substations themselves.
As with any construction work, there would be some noise and dust, and temporary traffic, access and parking disruptions, but we would make every effort to keep these to a minimum.