Transformers bring surat basin one step closer to booming gas export industry

Transformers bring surat basin one step closer to booming gas export industry
UGL senior project manager Colin Lovett (left) and Powerlink project manager Steve Jardine in Yuleba

Powerlink Queensland has delivered two 160 tonne electricity transformers to the south-west Queensland town of Yuleba, marking a significant step in the delivery of the state’s multi-billion-dollar gas export industry. The transformers will connect five high-voltage transmission lines in the more than 200km area bounded by Wandoan, Roma, Injune and Taroom.

Minister for Energy Mark Bailey said the huge transformers were transported on two, long-load platform trailers from Brisbane, taking several days to cover a journey of more than 63km.

“It was a major logistical exercise for Powerlink. The convoy slowly and safely made its way through the towns of Dalby, Chinchilla, Miles and Yuleba, with an escort and police vehicles to ensure the safety of road users,” Mr Bailey said.

Powerlink Queensland chief executive Merryn York said the transformers were the most significant pieces of equipment needed to complete the substation.

“The overall project involves building seven substations and six transmission lines, and links to the existing network
at Wandoan South Substation,” Ms York said.

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham said the substation would support the CSG/LNG industry in the Surat Basin.

“The Surat Basin is the engine room for the growing CSG/LNG industry. It’s generating thousands of jobs and is a significant contributor to the state’s economy,” he said.