After more than 40 years in operation, the Dysart substation will receive a $31 million upgrade.
Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said that the $31m upgrade would further secure electricity supply for the Dysart township and neighbouring communities, a number of coal mines and the regional rail network.
“The Dysart substation has served the region since 1974 and will be rebuilt to ensure it continues to provide safe and reliable supply,” Dr Lynham said.
“Work at the joint Powerlink Queensland/ Ergon Energy substation will support up to 48 jobs and is expected to be completed in mid-2020.”
Powerlink Chief Executive Merryn York said the upgrade work was necessary to extend the substation’s technical service life.
“Powerlink’s work involves an extensive asset overhaul including the installation of two new 132/66kv transformers, substantial switchgear replacement, and upgrading of substation internal roads and the emergency response helipad,’’ Ms York said.
“We aim to commence our upgrade towards the end of July 2018 with works contained within the existing switchyard area which will help us avoid disruptions to supply,” Ms York said.
Energy Queensland Chief Executive Officer David Smales said following on from Powerlink’s works, Ergon Energy equipment in the joint substation would be upgraded as well to support the local area.
“We plan to replace our old regulators with new 66/22kV 20 MVA transformers to continue providing our customers with a safe and reliable power supply for many years to come,” Mr Smales said.
“It is expected Ergon Energy crews from Rockhampton and contractors will begin work onsite late in 2018,” Mr Smales said.