The first of three new 132kV circuit breakers is now energised and in service as part of Power and Water Corporation’s major equipment upgrade for the Hudson Creek Switchyard (NT).

“The new circuit breaker responded perfectly to all our testing and measurement procedures and is now a functioning part of the switchyard,” said Power and Water Corporation Power Networks General Manager John Greenwood.

“This is the first of three circuit breakers to be replaced over this dry season intensive maintenance program and is designed to improve the security and reliability of the 132kV power network.

“Replacing 132kV circuit breakers is a challenging process and creates an element of risk to the system.

“The work was completed without the need to implement the contingency plans developed in the event they were required.

“Power and Water would like to thank our customers for being supportive of this works schedule and understanding of the considerable challenges we face throughout the installation process,” he said.

Installation of the second circuit breaker has begun, with the third later scheduled later this month. Mr Greenwood said that Power and Water continues to manage the installation process carefully to ensure minimal power disruptions to customers.

“Power and Water is working hard to improve our infrastructure and deliver safe, efficient and reliable utilities services for Territorians,” he said.

Power and Water’s intensive dry season maintenance and program of upgrades continues across a range of electricity and water infrastructure.


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