The rebuild of a critical Central Queensland electricity substation will boost the region, with more than 100 jobs supported as part of the rebuild.

Work has begun on rebuilding Bouldercombe Substation, which supplies electricity to Rockhampton and the wider Central Queensland region.

The four-year project will support 112 jobs and involve the replacement of all primary equipment such as circuit breakers, structures and foundations, as well as the installation of a new transformer on site.

Queensland Energy Minister, Dr Anthony Lynham, said the Bouldercombe Substation was a critical transmission hub in the region, supplying Rockhampton and surrounding areas.

“The original substation plant is now reaching the end of its service life and requires replacement to ensure a reliable and secure supply of electricity to Central Queensland,” Dr Lynham said.

The substation was first built in the 1970s and has supported industrial and residential growth in the area for more than 40 years.

The rebuild work started in November 2019 and will be completed in stages to ensure the project is delivered with minimal customer impact.

The first stage is the new transformer installation, which is expected to be completed by late 2021.

Member for Rockhampton, Barry O’Rourke, said the rebuild of Bouldercombe Substation is further proof of the Queensland Government’s commitment to jobs and infrastructure for regional Queensland.

“This new substation will support many jobs during its construction and once complete will ensure continued reliability for our growing region’s energy needs,” Mr O’Rourke said.

Transformers are a significant piece of substation equipment, converting high-voltage electricity from the transmission network down to a lower voltage suitable for Ergon Energy’s distribution network, which in turn delivers electricity to households and businesses.

Powerlink Interim Chief Executive, Kevin Kehl, said once the transformer installation was complete, the remaining work to replace the primary plant on site would start, followed by decommissioning and removal of the old equipment. This is expected to be completed by mid-2023.

“Our focus is on extending the life of the substation at the lowest long-run cost to customers, and with the least disruption to the local community,” Mr Kehl said.

Queensland’s publicly-owned electricity companies – Powerlink, Ergon, Energex, CS Energy, Stanwell Corp and CleanCo – will invest more than $2.2 billion on capital works in 2019-20, supporting up to 4,900 jobs.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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