Waratah Place project

  • Project type
    Network project
  • Current stage
  • Project duration
    Jan 2019 - Dec2021

CitiPower is upgrading the electricity network in the Melbourne CBD as part of a major $250 million project involving Waratah Place.

Project cost

Maximum length of a major CBD power outage following completion

Project Outcomes

The Waratah Place project and Melbourne CBD Security of Supply project ensures 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 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.

Prior to the Waratah Place Zone Substation, the CBD’s power supply could only withstand one major fault on the 66kv network. This project was 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.