Substation upgrade powers central west Queensland

A $24.5 million, two-year rebuild of the Moura substation has been completed, ensuring reliable electricity supply to communities and industry in the state’s central west.

Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said the project supported 54 jobs and would boost the security of Powerlink’s inland transmission network in the central west for many years.

“The Moura Substation provides essential electricity supply to local communities like Biloela, Moura and Baralaba, and supports industrial growth in the region,” Dr Lynham said.

“Secure, affordable electricity supply is important to households, and critical to business and industry, and job growth.”

Powerlink chief executive Merryn York said all project works were carefully planned to avoid any disruptions to electricity supply in the area.

“I thank the local communities for their patience while this important work was completed,” she said.

“The new equipment installed is more reliable, modern and efficient. This project will extend the life of the existing substation at the lowest long run cost to electricity consumers.”

On-ground works started at the Moura substation in 2015.

Crews have replaced primary plant including busbars, overhead conductors, circuit breakers and isolators as well as secondary systems which assist in the operation and control of the substation in the overall power system

The substation was originally built more than 50 years ago and detailed condition assessments identified some equipment was reaching the end of its technical service life.

Final works completed on-site included energising high voltage equipment, building internal roadways and constructing a helicopter landing pad to assist with potential emergency response activities.