Fast forward to 2021 and some of the equipment including the transformer and switchboard had reached the end of life and were in need of replacement. The growth in the area also meant we needed to upgrade the substation with new larger transformers, doubling the capacity of the substation to meet current and future growth.
The switchboard, which takes power from the substation to the seven feeders that supply the surrounding area, has been replaced with new equipment that is safer to operate and maintain. The building was extended to make room for the new switchboard and the transformers have been installed with large concrete bunds as required for earthquake and environmental considerations.
This project will cost $4.8 million and has taken 12 months. The new transformer arrived on site last week and it will be livened by the end of October.