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Ausgrid’s Broadmeadow Substation Upgrade Nearly Complete

Crews are in the final stages of building a major electrical substation in Broadmeadow, Newcastle, Australia to replace existing equipment in use since 1941. The new zone substation in will supply about 12,500 homes and businesses in parts of Broadmeadow, Hamilton, Lambton, and Mayfield.

Ausgrid General Manager Transmission Brett Hooper said substation technicians had begun work installing new indoor switchgear and transformers. The new equipment consists of two 50MVA Wilson transformers, five panels of 132-V Siemens switchgear, and 11-V TAMCO switchgear.

“The existing 33/11-kV Broadmeadow substation has served the community’s power needs well for over half a century and is now approaching the time for replacement,” Hooper said. “Civil construction of the building is complete and substation technicians from Wallsend are now on site connecting equipment.

These specialist crews will spend the next six months preparing the new substation for commissioning in the new year. This new 132/11-kV substation will help meet the future electricity needs of this growing community.”

The final stage of work includes connecting underground cables to the substation site. The new Broadmeadow zone substation is expected to start supplying the local community in early 2013.

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