ESSENTIAL Energy has just completed a major $3.29 million upgrade which will benefit more than 5,700 households and businesses in Moree and district, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced today.
Mr Marshall said the multi-staged project – combined with the upgrade of the area’s main transformers several years ago – had resulted in a refurbishment of the Moree zone substation.
“This significant upgrade has included the construction of a new control building and the installation of more than one kilometre of higher capacity cable, eight high voltage circuit breakers, a 22,000 volt panel switchboard and protection relays,” he said.
Essential Energy’s Regional Manager Northern Mark Summers welcomed the upgrade of the Moree zone substation which included replacing infrastructure which that had been servicing the area since the 1960s.
“The refurbishment will help to ensure the reliability of the power network for Moree and the wider community into the future,” Mr Summers said.
“The upgrade will also help to protect the facility against weather-related power outages and provide Essential Energy with the ability to remotely operate zone substation equipment and greater monitoring capabilities which will assist with pinpointing faults and reducing unplanned power outage times.”
Zone substations convert high voltage power received from generating stations to a level which can be distributed throughout the community for use in homes and businesses.
Mr marshall said the upgrade was completed in late December 2015 and would benefit residents and businesses in Moree, Biniguy, Bullarah, Crooble, Gurley, Milguy, Millie, Pallamallawa, Terry Hie Hie, Yarraman and surrounding areas.