Powercor investing $10 million to upgrade Shepparton depot

By Liz Mellino

Electricity distribution business Powercor is investing $10million to upgrade its Shepparton base depot.

Work began last month on the new depot at 60 Doyles Rd, which is significantly larger than the Wheeler St depot and provides space for future growth and safer design.

Shepparton field leader Trevor Laffy said the upgrade would include improved office facilities, storage areas for equipment and fleet and would support future expansion of the workforce.

‘‘The existing depot is over 50 years old — it was built in a different era to accommodate different equipment and trucks,’’ Mr Laffy said.

‘‘The upgraded facility will allow us to better accommodate the large, modern equipment and trucks our crews now use and the specialist equipment necessary for maintaining electrical infrastructure.’’

Built in 1966, the current depot accommodates 45 employees, including field crews, engineers and planners.

The new site will support a 25 per cent increase in field resources in the future, with the current depot delivering power to more than 33550 Powercor customers around Greater Shepparton.

Mr Laffy said the depot operated and maintained 22684 poles, 2621km of powerlines and 4304 distribution transformers.

‘‘It is because of our local depots that crews can manage and respond quickly to network faults and customer needs — this all leads to greater standards of reliability of electricity supplies for customers,’’ Mr Laffy said.

The Doyles Rd depot is expected to be completed by next year.