Powerlink has initiated upgrade works on a substation at Palmwoods to meet the growing electricity demand in Sunshine Coast, Australia.

As part of the works, the company will replace the substation’s ageing secondary systems equipment to secure power supply for the region.

Queensland Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said: “The Sunshine Coast has a number of major projects in the pipeline, including SunCentral CBD, the airport extension, health precinct development and new master-planned communities.

“The Palmwoods substation is a major injection point in Powerlink’s transmission network and supplies Mooloolaba, Nambour, Beerwah and Caboolture.

“This project will underpin the long-term safe, reliable and cost-effective performance of the transmission network in this rapidly-growing region.”

The upgrade works will be carried out with an investment of A$9.4m ($6.3m) and ensure reliable power transmission to the Sunshine Coast region.

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Lynham further added that the investment will safeguard electricity supply on the Sunshine Coast for years to come.

As part of the upgrade, a new 28t building will be equipped with secondary systems that include control, protection and communications equipment, designed to prevent damage to physical plant in the substation such as transformers.

Currently, Powerlink is carrying out test at the control building at its Brisbane site.

Powerlink Interim chief executive Kevin Kehl said: “This project replaces the systems that allow us to manage our network, which are critical to monitoring and operating our assets.”

Construction works at the site are expected to begin in the coming weeks and will complete next year.

During the construction phase, the project is expected to create 23 employment opportunities in the region.