Electrical fit-out begins at Ausgrid's new Tighes Hill sub-station

Power-play: When completed, the new substation at Tighes Hill will provide electricity to about 8000 homes in the Throsby Creek area.
Power-play: When completed, the new substation at Tighes Hill will provide electricity to about 8000 homes in the Throsby Creek area.

Installation of electrical equipment has begun at a new $23 million substation at Tighes Hill, expected to provide electricity to 8000 residents in the Throsby Creek area.

Civil construction has been finished at the Elizabeth Street site, at the facility that will replace the 50-year-old substation in Carrington.

“This project is important for the local community and the broader economy,” Ausgrid Hunter regional manager Steven Andrews said.

“It supplies important infrastructure at the Newcastle port as well as residential and commercial customers in parts of Islington, Tighes Hill and Maryville.

“The equipment at Carrington zone substation has reached the end of its serviceable life and needs to be replaced.”

It is expected to be running by early 2018.