CitiPower is upgrading the electricity network in the Melbourne CBD as part of a major $250 million project involving Waratah Place.
When complete, the Waratah Place project and Melbourne CBD Security of Supply project will ensure that if unexpected events occur on major supply lines, such as extreme weather, fires, traffic accidents or infrastructure failures, then the network has a ‘double backup’ to provide continuous supply to homes and businesses in the CBD.
At the heart of the Security of Supply project is the rebuilt Waratah Place Zone Substation. The zone substation, once fully complete, will allow power to be diverted around the grid so the duration of a major power outage is limited to no more than 30 minutes.
Currently, the CBD’s power supply can withstand one major fault on the 66kv network. This project is designed to ensure the city can withstand two major outages, with minimal impact to customers.
While ensuring reliability, the Waratah Place Zone Substation has also been designed to help reinvigorate the heritage of the vibrant laneway culture around Chinatown.