Underground power

Western Power has approached the Town of Bassendean with an offer to underground the power in the Eden Hill area this calendar year.

Read the latest here

See the timeline:

  • Western Power finalised its Business Case (January 2020)
  • Western Power started its detailed design (February 2020)
  • Presentation to community (18 February 2020)
  • Town of Bassendean to letterbox-drop to all households (ratepayers) within boundary to raise awareness of opportunity (March 2020)
  • Council to consider Western Power offer to co-fund the project and payment plan for households (TBC)
  • Western Power completes detailed design (May 2020)
  • Western Power calls tenders for construction (May 2020)
  • Construction starts (August 2020)

Information session

On Tuesday 18 February about 80 people attended an information session at Eden Hill Primary School. Graham Downe, Underground Power Projects Manager, will discuss Western Power’s need to replace ageing infrastructure on the Eden Hill side of the railway line. See his presentation here.

See the cost estimates here and who pays here

Western Power has indicated that it needs to replace the infrastructure this year - either as new overhead poles and powerlines, or underground.

Western Australia’s electrical network was originally constructed as overhead powerlines and much of Perth’s urban areas remained overhead until 1991 when the State Government required all new urban subdivisions to be underground.

Typically, a project will take about 12 to 18 months from the start of construction to project completion, however timing can vary depending on size and complexity of a project area.

Benefits include:

  • Fewer power outages, improved reliability and fewer asset failures after storms
  • Improved safety, better street lighting and fewer car collisions with poles
  • Improved street appearance by removing poles and wires, pleasing views of your neighbourhood, making it a more desirable area to live in, and higher property value
  • Reduced costs for street tree pruning
  • Lower life-cycle costs, minimal maintenance and operating costs
  • Improved opportunity for emerging technologies, energy trading, electric vehicle penetration and Smart City strategies.

Western Power has approached the Town of Bassendean with an offer to underground the power in the Eden Hill area this calendar year.

Read the latest here

See the timeline:

  • Western Power finalised its Business Case (January 2020)
  • Western Power started its detailed design (February 2020)
  • Presentation to community (18 February 2020)
  • Town of Bassendean to letterbox-drop to all households (ratepayers) within boundary to raise awareness of opportunity (March 2020)
  • Council to consider Western Power offer to co-fund the project and payment plan for households (TBC)
  • Western Power completes detailed design (May 2020)
  • Western Power calls tenders for construction (May 2020)
  • Construction starts (August 2020)

Information session

On Tuesday 18 February about 80 people attended an information session at Eden Hill Primary School. Graham Downe, Underground Power Projects Manager, will discuss Western Power’s need to replace ageing infrastructure on the Eden Hill side of the railway line. See his presentation here.

See the cost estimates here and who pays here

Western Power has indicated that it needs to replace the infrastructure this year - either as new overhead poles and powerlines, or underground.

Western Australia’s electrical network was originally constructed as overhead powerlines and much of Perth’s urban areas remained overhead until 1991 when the State Government required all new urban subdivisions to be underground.

Typically, a project will take about 12 to 18 months from the start of construction to project completion, however timing can vary depending on size and complexity of a project area.

Benefits include:

  • Fewer power outages, improved reliability and fewer asset failures after storms
  • Improved safety, better street lighting and fewer car collisions with poles
  • Improved street appearance by removing poles and wires, pleasing views of your neighbourhood, making it a more desirable area to live in, and higher property value
  • Reduced costs for street tree pruning
  • Lower life-cycle costs, minimal maintenance and operating costs
  • Improved opportunity for emerging technologies, energy trading, electric vehicle penetration and Smart City strategies.

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