Sydney substation receives much-needed upgrade

Work to connect new electrical switchgear and protection equipment has begun as part of the Camperdown zone substation upgrade in Sydney’s west.

The substation was built in the 1930s and helps supply power to about 15,000 homes and businesses.

Electrical switchgear was delivered onsite in April and skilled crews are now working to install this equipment, which will allow Ausgrid to distribute power to different parts of the network.

Ausgrid general manager transmission Brett Hooper said the demand for electricity during peak times was growing at more than 3 per cent a year in the local area.

“The original substation has performed well, but it’s now time to replace it,” Mr Hooper said.

“We’re also making sure the new substation can cater for the growing peak demand for power in the inner west,” he said.

The network of powerlines connecting to the substation is also being upgraded from 5000V to 11,000V. The 5000V network is one of the oldest working components of the Ausgrid network.