Broadmeadow power upgrade

Crews are in the final stages of building a major electrical substation in Broadmeadow, New South Wales, to replace existing equipment that has been in use since 1941.

The new zone substation will supply about 12,500 homes and businesses in parts of Newcastle’s Broadmeadow, Hamilton, Lambton and Mayfield suburbs.

Ausgrid general manager transmission Brett Hooper said substation technicians had begun work installing new indoor switchgear and transformers.

“The existing 33/11 kV Broadmeadow substation has served the community’s power needs well for over half a century and is now approaching the time for replacement,” Mr Hooper said.

Civil construction of the building is complete and specialist crews are now preparing the new substation for commissioning in the new year.

“This new 132/11kV substation will help meet the future electricity needs of this growing community,” Mr Hooper said.

The final stage of work includes connecting underground cables to the substation site.

New equipment includes two 50MVA Wilson transformers, five panels of 132,000 Volt Siemens switchgear and 11,000V TAMCO switchgear.

Ausgrid’s electricity network supplies power to 1.6 million homes and businesses across Sydney, the Central Coast and the Hunter.

The new Broadmeadow zone substation is expected to start supplying the local community in early 2013.