Two years since commencing its construction, Ausgrid has commissioned the Tighes Hill zone substation.
The substation will supply power to homes and businesses in Islington, Tighes Hill, Maryville, Carrington and parts of Mayfield.
It will also feed major industrial customers from nearby Newcastle Harbour including Port Waratah Coal Services, which manages the Kooragang and Carrington coal terminals. The substation replaces the existing Carrington zone substation.
“This new substation will play an important role, helping power the largest coal handling operation in the world, which is the economic hub of the Hunter,” Ausgrid chief operating officer Trevor Armstrong said.
The old substation entered service back in 1967.Trevor Armstrong, Ausgrid chief operating officer.
“The old substation entered service back in 1967 and it needed to be replaced as major pieces of equipment are nearing the end of their working life.
“This new facility will help secure the electricity supply for 12,440 customers well into the future.”
Construction designs have catered for any potential mine subsidence in the area with specialised foundations and a strengthened build.
There is also a new public access corridor from Elizabeth Street to Throsby Creek and additional landscaping will be carried out using native plant species.