Gold Coast Electricity Network Upgraded To Be Ready For Commonwealth Games

Gold Coast Electricity Network Upgraded To Be Ready For Commonwealth Games

Queensland Minister for Energy Mark Bailey

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt

Gold Coast Electricity Network Gets $25 Million Workout

Victor P Taffa

With just two years until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games the Palaszczuk Government is ensuring the city’s high voltage electricity transmission network is ‘games ready’ with a $25 Million injection into the electricity grid’s infrastructure.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Powerlink’s 45-year-old Mudgeeraba Substation was one of two main supply hubs on the Gold Coast.

“This $25 Million upgrade will improve the performance and reliability of Powerlink’s transmission network in the Gold Coast region, not only for the Games itself, but for many years to come.” Treasurer Pitt said.

“The Gold Coast Games will attract a global TV audience of 1.5 Billion, so it’s important our key infrastructure is ready to help showcase the Gold Coast to the world.”

Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade would support local jobs.

“The $25 Million investment will support up to 50 jobs in the local economy.” Mr. Bailey said.

“This is the lowest cost option for consumers that will extend the life of the substation for many years.”

“Rather than undertake a major replacement Powerlink will upgrade specific parts to further extend the life of the existing substation.” Mr. Bailey said.

“This investment approach is focused on keeping long-run transmission costs as low as possible.”

“Importantly, all works have been planned to avoid any disruptions to supply.” Mr. Bailey said.

 

QLD Treasurer Curtis Pitt

QLD Treasurer Curtis Pitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powerlink Queensland Chief Executive Merryn York said substation system designs and standards had changed significantly since the early 1970’s and would continue to improve.

“We want to play our part in GC2018, so the focus of the work will be on replacing the systems which allow us to better manage our network in this region.” Ms. York said.

“These systems are critical to operating and monitoring our assets and responding rapidly to any unexpected issues that may arise.”

The upgrades include primary and secondary systems, a new transformer, new fencing, a new control building and minor works.

Some redundant equipment will be decommissioned.