Power and Water Corporation’s initiative to connect the Northern Territory’s Leanyer Zone Substation to the electricity network and prepare for a new indoor switchroom at the Casuarina Zone Substation have been successfully completed ahead of schedule.
The challenging works followed extensive planning and risk mitigation by teams at Power and Water’s Power Networks and System Control.
A program of ongoing upgrades to the network is part of Power and Water’s commitment to improve the capacity, flexibility and reliability of the electricity system, Power Networks general manager John Greenwood said.
“The zone substation, located near the Leanyer/Sanderson waste stabilisation ponds, is designed to reinforce the existing network and ensure longer-term security of power supply as development continues in the northern suburbs.
“Power and Water had a window of opportunity to complete these essential works, while demands on the electricity system were still moderate and the storm season not yet arrived.
“All major works bring challenges and a chance of power interruptions. Connecting the new Leanyer Zone Substation and site preparation works at Casuarina Zone Substation both required the de-energising of parts of the network so that our teams could work safely.”
Following connection of the Leanyer Zone Substation into the network, Power and Water Corporation now moves into the commissioning stage, with the substation expected to be fully operational in 2016.