A new 375MVA transformer has been commissioned by Powerlink Queensland in a bid to further secure electricity supply for Brisbane’s CBD and south east.

Powerlink Chief Executive, Merryn York, said the transformer, located at its Belmont substation,  was an important link in Powerlink’s transmission network.

“The new transformer ensures the ongoing reliability of electricity supply for Brisbane’s CBD, south-eastern suburbs and Port of Brisbane,” Ms York said.

“The huge 200 tonne transformer was delivered to Belmont Substation by a five prime mover convoy that pushed and pulled it from the Brisbane Port via the Gateway Motorway.

“Working with assets of this size and sensitivity presents challenges but our team were able to commission and integrate the transformer over approximately six weeks without any major issues.

“The new transformer converts high voltage electricity from Powerlink’s transmission network down to a lower voltage suitable for Energex’s distribution network, which in turn delivers electricity to households and businesses.”

Powerlink’s transmission network plays an important role in powering the Queensland economy, being responsible for helping to provide electricity to almost four million Queenslanders.

Eliza Booth

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