POWERLINE REPLACEMENT FUND
AusNet Services is replacing selected 22 kilovolt (kV) powerlines and single wire earth return (SWER) powerlines with insulated cabling, underground cabling or other technology. This project will improve supply reliability and reduce bushfire risk in critical areas.
The Victorian Government is allocating some $200 million for these works according to a risk-based assessment of the State’s entire electricity distribution network.
AusNet Services has replaced approximately 65 kilometres of overhead high voltage powerlines and work continues in the following areas:
• Badger Creek
• Don Valley
• Ferny Creek
• Launching Place
• North Warrandyte
Works are proposed to commence in the following areas:
• Chum Creek
• Dixons Creek
Under AusNet Services innovative ‘hybrid’ system, cables are buried along roadways, only rising out of the ground to connect to existing powerpoles to deliver electricity into homes via existing overhead low-voltage powerlines.
This removes the common use of large cabinets connected to the underground cables, which weren’t an option due to the lack of available, flat ground space in the Dandenongs, reducing the impact to the environment that other methods may otherwise place at risk.