January 10, 2020
Preliminary work has begun on a $13 million upgrade by Powerlink of the 38-year-old Tarong Substation.
Acting Energy Minister Mark Ryan said on Friday the Tarong Substation was a major link in Powerlink’s transmission network, connecting the Tarong and Tarong North Power stations to the grid.
“A team of highly skilled experts will replace the substation’s ageing secondary systems equipment over the next two years,” Mr Ryan said.
The new secondary system control panels are currently undergoing testing at Powerlink’s Virginia site in Brisbane.
Secondary systems are the control, protection and communications equipment that operate the transmission network and prevent damage to physical plant in the substation such as transformers.
“This project will underpin the long-term safe, reliable and cost-effective performance of the transmission network in the South Burnett,” Mr Ryan said.
Crews are expected to start on-ground removal and installation works at the substation in April 2020 and continue until late 2021.