Nearly 14,000 homes and businesses in Lawnton and surrounding suburbs are set to benefit from a major upgrade of Energex’s local substation.
Nikki Boyd, State Member for Pine Rivers, said nearly $9 million worth of work is well underway on Lawnton’s Francis Road substation which includes the replacement of one of the facility’s main transformers and high voltage electricity switching equipment.
Ms Boyd said the replacement of existing equipment, which is at the end of its useful life, will increase capacity of the existing substation to cater for future local growth.
“Lawnton and its surrounding areas have seen significant development in recent times and these upgrades are designed to cater for additional demand on the area’s power network,” Ms Boyd said.
“The new 25MVA transformer has doubled the capacity of the previous 12.5MVA one and new switch gear will allow crews to redirect electricity much faster and reliably during major events such as storm-related power outages.”
Shane King, State Member for Kurwongbah, said the upgrades are part of the State Government’s investment in infrastructure for Queensland communities to support current and future growth.
“A safe and reliable electricity network injects the lifeblood into the community because it supports domestic living and commercial customers who provide local jobs,” Mr King said.
The upgrades are expected to be completed in November and will bolster power to Lawnton and parts of Strathpine, Bray Park and Petrie.