Substation nears start-up

ERGON Energy’s $21 million substation on the outskirts of Mundubbera is receiving the finishing touches and should be fully operational in the new year.

Area operations manager Craig Harris said Ergon Energy had begun commissioning and testing the equipment at the Benhams Road site beside the Burnett Highway.

“Most of the work still required has to be completed near the Gayndah substation, which is also undergoing redevelopment, rather than at the Mundubbera site itself,” Mr Harris said.

“However, we will require further power supply interruptions to our 2000 customers in Mundubbera and Eidsvold on Sunday, and again three weeks later, so our crews can carry out this work safely.”

The main work on Sunday will be to stand a new pole outside the Gayndah substation on the 66kV line that supplies the Mundubbera and Eidsvold substations.

Mr Harris said the Mundubbera crews would take advantage of this outage to complete the outgoing 11kV feeder lines beneath the 66kV line coming into the new substation.

“A new isolator also will be installed at the Gayndah substation as part of the works there,” he said.

Mr Harris said Ergon Energy appreciated the patience and understanding of Mundubbera and Eidsvold customers who had experienced a number of power supply interruptions during construction of the substation.

“Apart from these two interruptions to complete the construction, we should require only one more outage of this magnitude early next year to cut over supply from the old substation in town,” he said.

“We can then begin removing the old substation as the final stage of this project that will deliver Mundubbera and Eidsvold customers a safe and reliable power supply for many years to come.”

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