CitiPower is upgrading the electricity network in Brunswick to deliver increased reliability for our customers.
First commissioned in 1939, the Brunswick Zone Substation is located near the corner of Lygon Street and Brunswick Road and has serviced the surrounding area for 80 years. As the substation is nearing the end of its life, we need to decommission it to ensure our network remains safe and reliable.
The West Brunswick Zone Substation is located on the corner of Albert and Fallon Streets and was first commissioned in 1965. Due to demand growth in the area, we will increase its capacity to service the area. This is also an opportunity to increase the capacity to take the load that will be transferred from the decommissioned Brunswick Substation.
When complete, this upgrade will deliver more reliable and safe electricity supplies for CitiPower customers across Brunswick and increase safety for our staff and community.
Between May 2020 and June 2021, we’ll be modernising some assets, and decommissioning others. This will involve:
1. Decommissioning the Brunswick Zone Substation on Brunswick Road
2. Upgrading the West Brunswick Zone Substation on Albert Street
3. Installing new underground cables along a 2.4km route from Fallon Street, heading down Dawson Street, Glenlyon Road, Ewing Street and finishing at Barkly Street.
1. West Brunswick Zone Substation
2. Brunswick Zone Substation
MAP: Underground cables will be installed along this 2.4 km stretch with critical works starting in May. We expect the underground cable work and work in both substations to be completed by June 2021.
The existing Brunswick Zone Substation is being decommissioned as part of the project.
As we install the underground cables, there will be some disruption to traffic, public transport and power supplies. We’re minimising disruption by taking a rolling approach to works. This means that any disruptions or changes to traffic or public transport will only be in place for a few days at a time. Traffic controllers and signage will be available to help ensure motorists, pedestrians and cyclists remain safe in changed road conditions.
We expect the majority of our work to take place during the day, but there may be some instances where we must complete night works. We will provide notice about this and any necessary planned power outages well in advance.
Keeping the community informed
We are committed to engaging and communicating with the local community throughout the duration of the project. We will notify local residents and businesses affected by each stage of works before we begin. Necessary power outages required as part of our work will be communicated in advance by post and SMS alerts.
STAY IN TOUCH: We will continue to provide updates on this project page, and encourage the local community to join our project Facebook group for updates and local news.