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West Melbourne Terminal Station

The West Melbourne Terminal Station rebuild project is well underway and involves the replacement of existing infrastructure at our facility in Arden Street, Kensington.

AusNet Services owns and operates this facility – one of several high-voltage electricity terminal stations serving Melbourne’s CBD and inner suburbs.

Project overview

Operational since the 1960s, the terminal station receives high voltage (220,000 volt or 220 kilovolt - kV) electricity via transmission lines and then converts and redirects electricity into CitiPower’s and Jemena’s electricity distribution networks at lower voltages (66,000 volt and 22,000 volt), which is then distributed into their customers’ homes and businesses.

Electricity terminal stations have a finite lifespan and require replacement after approximately 50 years. The West Melbourne Terminal Station has now reached the end of its operation life and is being rebuilt. This will mitigate the risk of ageing equipment disrupting Melbourne’s power supply.

The site is also being re-designed to cater for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel rail project, and the Westgate Tunnel road project. The terminal station must remain operational throughout the works. This means that the project must be carefully staged over several years.  We anticipate that the works will be completed in 2021.

Community engagement

For more information about the West Melbourne Terminal Station upgrade project and our ongoing commitment to the local community, please email us at westmelbournets@ausnetservices.com.au.