News24.com.au A new steel grid has been erected in Sydney’s east after more than two years of delays, with state officials announcing a total of $5.4 billion in funding to fix the grid.
The NSW Power Networks Authority announced the $5 billion project last week, after the state grid operator, Southern Cross, announced it had secured $2 billion of the $6.5 billion fund.
Key points:NSW Power Networks is the state’s largest provider of electricity and has spent more than $2.4bn upgrading the gridThe grid has had a severe winter in the past, with power outages and blackouts and black mould causing damage to the electrical gridA $1.5bn upgrade is in the pipeline to the eastern Sydney suburbs of Bourke and SheppartonA state of emergency was declared for the entire state of NSW in July 2018 and a new grid was established in Sydney in October 2019.
The state’s power network has been under major strain over the past two years, with heavy outages during the winter, black mould affecting the grid and the construction of a new transmission line in the east of the state causing significant damage to power supplies.
In February, it was announced that the state would spend $2bn upgrading its electricity network and that it would be rebuilding power lines.
But the state did not make any commitments to spend any additional money.”NSWPower is committed to ensuring the continued availability of electricity, and is undertaking a review of the grid,” the authority said in a statement.
“The NSWPower network will continue to provide reliable, affordable and reliable power to our customers for the foreseeable future.”
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