EnergyAustralia has announced that it will boost the electricity supply on the western shores of Lake Macquarie with the installation of a temporary substation at Rathmines.

EnergyAustralia has begun electrical fit out of the substation, as well as cabling works that will connect it to the local network.

Trevor Armstrong, acting general manager of EnergyAustralia, said: The A$3.6 million project was the first phase in a A$45 million program of improvements to the electricity network in west and southwestern Lake Macquarie. It forms part of a record A$719 million capital works program across the Hunter up to 2010.

The temporary substation will offer immediate improvement to supply quality and reliability in areas such as Rathmines, Fishing Point, Arcadia Vale, Balmoral, Buttaba and Wangi Wangi. By installing another power supply point closer to these areas, it will reduce the potential for disruptions caused by severe weather and will help shorten restoration times if an unplanned interruption occurs.