Asset relocations for Mordialloc Bypass

We have continued to work with our clients, McConnell Dowell and Decmil, on the major asset relocations required for the new Mordialloc Bypass, connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway to the Dingley Bypass.

The project comprises 9km of freeway with bridges over wetland areas, several grade-separated interchanges and a cycling and walking path. Our role has involved relocation of HV (22kV and 66kV) and LV assets for six locations/sites along the 9km bypass, including electrical concept designs, lighting designs, electrical asset relocation design and electrical PM.

The freeway will be completed by late 2021, improving travel times and easing congestion in Melbourne’s south east.

Complex Cherry Tree Wind Farm project delivered

We have successfully delivered the Cherry Tree Wind Farm project for our client, Beon, who have given great feedback on our work.

The project was particularly complex, requiring design for a 66kV line running for approximately 7km, connecting the wind farm to the AusNet grid. A river crossing span was included in the design, with our team liasing with AusNet to finalise the scope and meet regulations, and the complexity of the structure requiring 3D structures to prove the design.

Our survey team also worked hard in rough site conditions to complete the survey component, pegging 70 poles in difficult terrain.

The success of the project is a great example not only of our internal teams working seamlessly together, but our skill in bringing satisfactory outcomes for multiple stakeholders through these complex projects. Well done team.

Cross River Rail Queensland


We are excited to be supporting Hatch and CPB to deliver the Cross River Rail project in Queensland – a new 10.2 km rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, including 5.9 km of twin tunnels under the Brisbane River and CBD. Our role will be to develop lighting designs for forecourts, car parks and roads around the four new underground stations delivered by the project at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street and Roma Street.

Major asset relocation work for Hallam Rd Duplication

We have been working with our clients, BMD and Cardno, on the upgrade of Hallam Road, extending from Ormond Road to the South Gippsland Highway – one of the state government’s major road projects.

Involving public lighting design, major asset relocation of HV and LV assets, and major underground designs, we have worked closely with AusNet Services and stakeholders to overcome issues relating to the protection of HV customers affected by the project. A key aspect of our role has been design for installation of HV switch cabinet with ACR to comply with AusNet Services protection requirement.

Delivering for Gumbuya World

We have been a key delivery partner to Gumbuya World from the start of their expansion works, designing and project managing construction of their required power upgrade. In 2019 Gumbuya again engaged us to complete design and PM, this time to meet the increased capacity needed for their phase 2 expansions.

The project came with some significant challenges and tight timeframes as the feasibility study identified the surrounding network would not be able to deliver the maximum demand of the park. Very clever thinking by our design team led to the recommission of an out-of-service 132kV transmission line, resulting in a safe and cost-effective design solution for the client.

Multiple stakeholders, land access negotiations, material supply issues and undocumented third-party assets also challenged our team and required onsite solutions to ensure the schedule was not affected. The project was successfully delivered in October and the park opened as planned in the first week of November. This was an excellent result for our team, and acknowledgment must also go to Clint Mayberry, Power Cables Pty Ltd, Timco, Prasinus Energy Services, AusNet Services Customer Projects Lilydale who worked alongside us.

Powerplant to provide design services in NSW

In a great step for our business, Powerplant will now be providing contestable design services to customers on the NSW electrical network, having been accredited by the NSW government as an Authorised Service Provider (ASP)

Our ASP Level 3 (Design services) accreditation required us to provide a significant amount of detail on the relevant experience of a number of our designers, including five years proven experience working in the electrical network area, detailed CVs and signed acknowledgement from Victorian DBs of each individuals time in the industry.

Matt Doggett has been accredited for underground design, and Greg Plant, Kambiz Kashef and James Kerner have been accredited for both overhead and underground design.

This is an exciting time of expansion for our business and we look forward to growing our experience and client base in NSW.

Supporting community groups doing great things

Our Powerplant Cares program recently made a donation to the fantastic Evolve All Stars, an all-inclusive cheerleading group in Cranbourne West that provides a one-of-a-kind nurturing environment for children of all ages and abilities.

Our donation was used specifically to boost the facilities used by the All Star’s special needs group, where kids are supported to push their boundaries, perform and play an important role in their team’s success.

We are proud to work with this local business that cares for their community – well done All Stars, you do amazing work!

POWERPLANT appointed to VicRoads Panel

We are very pleased to have recently been appointed to the VicRoads Panel of Suppliers, allowing us to better support VicRoads to procure design, project management and construction services for electrical asset relocation and public lighting works.

Relocation of utilities can delay roadworks, and our appointment to the Panel gives VicRoads access to more construction options, making it easier for construction to be arranged and for roadworks to proceed smoothly and in a timely manner. Our contribution can include assisting with:

  • Design and relocation of electricity poles – we were engaged for the Thompson Road upgrade which included 10km of asset relocation which straddled AusNet Services and United Energy networks.
  • Design and relocation of public lighting – we have completed works for the City Link Upgrade, Tullamarine Freeway Upgrade, M80 Ring Road Upgrade, Monash Freeway Upgrade – Stage 1.
  • Preparing concept designs and procurement strategies for major electrical asset relocations – we have been a trusted advisor to the state on many major infrastructure projects including Suburban Roads Upgrades, North East Link and Mordialloc Bypass.

We are proud to be recognised as a key provider of these services in Victoria to help VicRoads deliver projects successfully. We believe there is no one better placed than POWERPLANT to help the Victorian Government deliver electrical asset relocation or public lighting works.


New freeway to connect Clayton to Frankston

We have been engaged to complete the electrical design and project management for the new 9km Mordialloc Bypass, connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road to the Dingley Bypass, creating what will be a continuous freeway from Frankston to Clayton.

We will be assisting McConnell Dowell/Decmil Joint Venture with major asset relocations to allow for:

  • bridges over Springvale, Governor, Lower Dandenong and Centre Dandenong roads, along with new freeway entry and exit ramps.
  • bridges over Old Dandenong Road and sensitive waterway areas.
  • connecting the freeway to Dingley Bypass with traffic lights.
  • upgrading the existing interchange at Thames Promenade, Chelsea, with the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, including freeway entry and exit ramps.

The work is expected to run from the beginning of 2019 with completion in 2021.

URD team kicking goals

Our URD team of designers, project managers and auditors continue to go from strength to strength, currently delivering work for 90+ developments across Victoria. In the past three months alone the team, supported by our Project Management Office (PMO), has achieved an impressive 75 Statements of Compliance for our customers.

The group of 25 includes five network-accredited PMs, four project engineers and six accredited auditors, with extensive experience in the URD space and a focus on continuing to improve our level of service with efficiencies and innovation. We are constantly developing engineering and PM talent within the team through our unique graduate program, and currently have 10 graduates working across POWERPLANT.

We are proud to be playing a key role in some big projects in the URD space, with particular mention to Lendlease’s Atherstone development, where we have attained 15 SoCs over the last 12 months. Results like this are achieved through the combination of our well-resourced and talented team and excellent relationships with network operators and our customers. Well done team!