The company said that the new substation will be powered on to effectively increase the supply capacity to residents and businesses in Arno Bay.

The substation is one of two recently constructed by ETSA Utilities as part of the A$3.6 million Clean Seas Project, which also involves an upgrade of a 12.5km section of the powerline between Cleve and Arno Bay.

The Clean Seas Project, which commenced in April 2008, is due to be completed on schedule in November 2008.

Two of the generators from Arno Bay will then be moved to Cleve for the 2008-09 summer period, with work scheduled to start on the planned upgrade of the Cleve substation in 2009.