Australian power utility Energex has invested A$1.4 million to replace the Coopers Plains substation's existing transformer with one capable of delivering double the capacity of electricity to Brisbane.

The company has announced that nearly 3,000 homes and businesses will benefit from its recently completed upgrade of the Coopers Plains substation.
Brisbane suburbs that are expected to benefit from the upgrade include Coopers Plains, Acacia Ridge, Archerfield, Pallara and Willawong, said Energex.

Kevin Ball, Energex’s network program group manager, said: “This project is about the future of one of southeast Queensland’s important commercial areas. In 10 years, areas in Brisbane’s southern suburbs have increased electricity consumption by up to 70% as a result of a growing commercial and domestic sector.”

Earlier the company said that it has completed an A$12 million upgrade at its Loganlea substation, which will enhance power supply to more than 12,000 homes and businesses throughout Logan City in Brisbane, Queensland.

According Energex, the project is part of a $4 billion-plus five-year capital expenditure program currently being undertaken by Energex. In the 2008-09 financial year Energex is investing around $830 million on upgrades to its electricity network while a further $340 million-plus has been set aside to maintain and operate the network.