Western Power’s largest underground project complete

  • Western Power’s largest underground power project complete
  • 2,276 residents of St James, East Victoria Park and Bentley now connected
  • 821 poles removed and 542 new streetlights installed

Energy Minister Bill Johnston today announced the completion of Western Power’s largest underground power project throughout St James, East Victoria Park and Bentley.

Western Power removed 821 poles and 34 kilometres of overhead cable, and installed 542 new streetlights and around 53 kilometres of underground cable.

Residents and businesses in the areas will now enjoy improved safety and reliability and transformed streetscapes.

Western Power worked with the City of Canning and Town of Victoria Park to deliver the project, providing underground power to 2,276 residents and businesses.

The project is the third of nine undergrounding projects to be completed under Western Power’sNetwork Renewal Undergrounding Program Pilot.

Undergrounding project areas are identified based on Western Power’s network driven approach to replace ageing overhead assets with underground power.

The cost of undergrounding is shared between the State Government, Western Power, local governments and property owners.

As stated by Energy Minister Bill Johnston:

“I’m so pleased to see Western Power’s latest package of undergrounding work is now complete in St James, East Victoria Park and Bentley.

“The investment in underground power by the State Government, local government, and residents delivers clear benefits to the community including improved power reliability and safer and more aesthetically pleasing streetscapes.

“It also provides greater power supply capacity, facilitating the connection of renewables and helping to deliver on the WA Government’s goal of net zero emissions by 2050.”

As stated by Victoria Park MLA Hannah Beazley:

“I’m very excited to see this project come to fruition for residents and business owners in St James, East Victoria Park and Bentley.

“Not only does underground power improve reliability, it reduces operational and maintenance costs for local governments and residents.”

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