Gold Coast gets game ready with $25m network investment

Mudgeeraba substation
Mudgeeraba substation

With just two years until the Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast is working to get its high voltage electricity transmission network ‘games ready’.

Twenty-five million dollars is being injected into Powerlink’s 45-year-old Mudgeeraba Substation – one of two main supply hubs on the Gold Coast – to improve the performance and reliability of the grid.

Powerlink Queensland chief executive Merryn York said substation system designs and standards had changed significantly since the early 1970s, 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.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the Commonwealth Games will attract a global TV audience of 1.5 billion, so it’s important key infrastructure is ready showcase the Gold Coast to the world.

Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the upgrade is the lowest cost option to extend the life of the substation.

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

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