Ausgrid’s program of works to replace aged assets on its network is progressing, with a number of replacement substations recently reaching major milestones. Ausgrid spends about $1 billion a year on maintaining its distribution network in Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter Valley. This includes large capital works projects. Securing power for local residents Ausgrid’s new Toronto West zone substation has been […]
A $22 million works program has begun to ensure the network can continue to meet the current and future needs of Geraldton in the Mid West region of Western Australia. To meet expected population growth Western Power will decommission the Durlacher Street Substation, which was built in 1972, and move customers supply to the Rangeway Substation, which is less than […]
Ausgrid has selected the preferred design and layout of a new $30 million substation to be constructed in Greenacre in Sydney’s south west. Chief Operating Officer, Trevor Armstrong, said it will replace the existing zone substation in Rosedale Avenue. “The current substation has been in service for more than 45 years, nearing the end of its working life and needs […]
Electricity transmission towers damaged during Tropical Cyclone Debbie are set to be replaced as part of a $7.8 million investment by the Queensland Government through Powerlink Queensland. Severe flooding caused extensive damage to 19 transmission towers on Powerlink’s Nebo to Broadsound electricity transmission line, located approximately 100km south west of Mackay. The transmission line is a key part of Powerlink’s […]
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has released its final power system security report which makes nine recommendations for changes to market and regulatory frameworks to guard against technical failures that lead to cascading blackouts. The AEMC’s power system security review was initiated in July 2016 to strengthen the security of the National Electricity Market (NEM). AEMC Chairman, John Pierce, […]
Powerlink will soon commence a $21 million upgrade to its Rocklea Substation to build flood resilience.. Minister for Energy and Member for Yeerongpilly Mark Bailey said the major upgrade was needed after Rocklea Substation experienced major inundation in the 2011 floods. “Contingency plans and mitigation activities have occurred in recent years, and thankfully operations weren’t impeded by the recent ex-TC […]
By Steve Truman, Customer Development Manager, CitiPower/Powercor In addition to CitiPower and Powercor Australia’s Metro and CBD Security of Supply Projects, the relocation of CitiPower assets around future development works are critical to ensure the ever-growing demand of Melbourne’s electrical network is satisfied. The first of the relocation works was aimed at providing increased operational capacity to the high voltage […]
SA Power Networks has found a new location for the construction of an electricity substation in Glynde, a suburb of Adelaide, after the local community strongly opposed the original site. The identification of a new preferred site is the first stage in the fulfilment of a 2014 state government election commitment to move the substation from the existing site. The […]
In January 2016, Zinfra was awarded a significant project by Transport for NSW (TfNSW) as part of TfNSW’s Power Supply Upgrade Program. TfNSW is the lead agency of the NSW transport cluster, which includes Roads and Maritime Services, Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink and State Transit. The Power Supply Upgrade Program involves construction of new electrical infrastructure and upgrades to substations, […]
A new report has warned that privately owned parts of the US electricity grid are in imminent danger of cyber attacks. The Department of Energy’s second Quadrennial Energy Review said advancements in technology had led to a more dynamic and efficient electricity system and had increasingly integrated existing power networks, but this integration now required improved security. The report said, […]
The outback town of Cloncurry in Queensland is alive with Zinfra field workers contracted by mining company MMG to design, construct and commission the high voltage electricity infrastructure to power their Dugald River zinc mine. The work was awarded to Zinfra in two separate packages. The first package of works involves the design and construction using helicopter stringing methods of […]
Set amidst one of Hobart’s busiest shopping precincts is the newly constructed Rosny Park zone substation. As one of three new substations commissioned by TasNetworks to cater for future electrical load increases, the Rosny substation has been a design and construction project defined by community engagement, tight project management and logistical coordination. Project scope Rosny Park zone substation is an […]
A 10-year program to provide a safe and reliable power supply to Warwick in the Southern Downs region in Queensland is now complete. The program included a new substation and sub-mission line refurbishment. Queensland Minister for Energy, Mark Bailey, said the $33 million East Warwick substation project to replace the original substation meant the entire backbone of Ergon Energy’s network […]
The first thing that strikes you when you arrive at the Brunswick Terminal Station (BTS) is the level of activity. The site is a hive of industry, with equipment and people engaged in a wide variety of tasks required for the massive brownfield upgrade of the AusNet Services station. Located less than six kilometres from the heart of Melbourne, the […]
Powerlink’s Mackay Substation on Queensland’s east coast is receiving a $24 million upgrade to further secure electricity supply and support continued economic growth in the region. The six-year project by Powerlink is supporting 39 jobs and involves upgrading a transformer, rebuilding the switchyards and installing new support systems to improve network performance. Planning for stage two has begun with construction […]
Arc faults have been a hot topic in the electrical industry for more than a decade, with much of the discussion centred on aging oil-based medium-voltage switchgear and the increased risk that they pose. While the risk of an arc fault still exists in modern medium-voltage switchgear, both the likelihood and the damage it can cause are greatly reduced thanks […]
Asia Pacific’s first grid-scale Tesla Powerpack storage system to be integrated into the public electricity network has be unveiled at the renovated Glen Innes substation in Auckland, New Zealand. The Tesla Powerpack has a storage capacity of 1MW/2.3MWh – the equivalent to powering 450 average homes for 2.3 hours – allows New Zealand multi-network infrastructure company, Vector, to continue to […]
In order to prepare Queensland’s electricity network for the significant power use increase expected during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, Powerlink’s Mudgeeraba Substation is receiving a $25 million overhaul including isolator replacements and a new transformer. The recent 2016 Olympic Games in Rio has highlighted the scrutiny that host cities of major sporting events experience, as the world watches […]
Following three and a half years of successful experience in live operation, GridON and Wilson Transformer Company are announcing a new family of cost-effective Fault Current Limiters (FCL-DG) with smaller footprint for mid-to-high voltage applications. GridON’s established technology has been further enhanced to offer a cost-effective solution for distribution grid operators, industrial customers and independent power producers. Growing demand […]
Horizon Power (WA) is seeking tenders for power station and zone substation works on the Onslow Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Project. The works include the engineering, design, procurement and construction for an 8MW (nominal installed capacity) power station, (with the ability for future expansion) and associated balance of plant, a zone substation and associated plant and facilities; and cabling and […]
On 1 August, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) officially recognised Zinfra Group as an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO). Jim Modrouvanos, Asset Standards Authority (ASA) Executive Director, part of TfNSW, presented Zinfra Group Managing Director, Steve MacDonald, with a certificate confirming their AEO status. “We congratulate Zinfra Group for attaining AEO status and look forward to their contributions as a delivery partner […]
The site of a proposed Endeavour Energy electricity substation at Calderwood will be moved so it is located further away from existing and planned schools. The Department of Planning and Environment has approved a modification to relocate the site from near the existing Illawarra Christian School and the proposed state primary and secondary schools. Lend Lease’s Concept Plan for Calderwood will […]
Public Transport Authority (WA) is seeking tenders for four yearly maintenance of the substations, Traction Section Cabins (TSC) and 22 and 11 kV switchgear. Works include unplanned maintenance/call out services and response to any breakdown on the PTA electrical HV network. Public Transport Authority has seven single phase substations and 11 single phase Traction Section Cabins (TSC) known as traction power systems. The […]
The Queensland government will invest $25million into Queensland’s electricity grid’s infrastructure to prepare for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. Powerlink’s Mudgeeraba substation will receive a significant upgrade, including upgrades to the primary and secondary systems, a new transformer, new fencing, a new control building and minor works. Some redundant equipment will also be decommissioned. Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt […]
Power and Water Corporation is set to begin an intensive maintenance and upgrade program across its electricity network. Poles, wires, transformers and substations all benefit from this program each year between May and September due to the dry season. Power and Water Power Networks General Manager, John Greenwood said providing a more reliable service is the key factor in these […]
AGL, with project partners ElectraNet and WorleyParsons, are exploring large-scale energy storage in a new project. The Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration (ESCRI) project explored commercial frameworks that can be used to operate utility-scale storage within the National Electricity Market (NEM). A new report examining the project’s findings and the commercial feasibility of large-scale grid-connected energy storage is now […]
Powerlink Queensland will receive a $20million investment to overhaul a key substation and support Queensland’s transmission network. The investment will go towards an overhaul of systems and equipment at Powerlink’s Calvale Substation, near Biloela, which is a vital hub in the high voltage network transporting power from Callide Power Station across the network to Gladstone and other parts of Queensland. […]
Darwin’s new Darwin Zone Substation has officially opened, replacing the City Zone Substation, which has reached the end of its economic life. The new substation comprises an indoor 66kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) as opposed to the existing outdoor 66kV switchyard. The 66kV GIS technology is able to address the Northern Territory’s harsh, local environmental conditions. NT Minister for Essential Services, […]
Two power stations affected by fires in north-west Tasmania have returned to service, with other damaged infrastructure still needing to be assessed. The fires in Tasmania’s Mersey Forth scheme affected the Rowallan, Fisher and Lemonthyme power stations and caused significant damage to power poles, communications services and the transmission line between Fisher and Rowallan power stations. Hydro Chief Operating Officer, […]
In recent years, the uses for drones have dramatically expanded, as online retailers, the construction industry, wildlife rangers and the media, to name just a few, explore the ways drones can make their day-to-day operations easier, safer and more efficient. Utilities have also been quick to explore the potential applications for drones, and here we take a look at the […]
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