December 2, 2022
  • December 2, 2022

Region moves towards power upgrade

By on July 4, 2022 0

A NEW Torquay Power Station is due to come on stream at the end of this year to power 20,000 homes in the Surf Coast-Geelong growth area.

The region’s electricity distributor, Powercor, said work was at an advanced stage for the new plant, which it said would provide a more reliable source of energy to people in south Geelong amid growth. rapid demographics.

Powercor is investing a total of $110 million in the Torquay and Gheringhap substations, which would serve around 10,000 existing customers in West Geelong, where new housing developments are planned.

The investment also includes the installation of bushfire mitigation technology at the new stations and at Waurn Ponds, protecting a total of 1,450 kilometers of power lines and 60,000 homes and businesses.

Rapid Ground Fault Current Limiters (REFCLs) act as a power switch for power transmission systems, limiting the energy released onto damaged or deteriorated power lines within milliseconds. Technology reduces the risk of fires and power outages.

The local rollout of REFCL is the third and final stage of Powercor’s delivery across its Victorian network in response to recommendations from the 2009 Victorian Royal Commission into the Bushfires.

“This is the largest investment we’ve ever made in a specific region of the Powercor network,” said Luke Plocinski, Program Implementation Manager.

“This is about making our communities safer and we thank customers for their understanding as we work to further improve the security of our network.”