Powerlink invests $20m in Biloela substation
A $20 MILLION overhaul of a substation in Central Queensland will support 50 jobs and extend the life of the station, the company operating the station says.
Powerlink's multi-million investment will keep 50 people employed at the Calvale Substation, near Biloela, until the overhaul of the systems and equipment is complete, the company's CEO Merryn York said.
The power station feeds most of Central Queensland -- including major industrial sites such as the Boyne Smelter and Yarwun -- and parts of the state.
"The Gladstone region is one of Queensland's major export gateways and home to two of the world's largest alumina refineries," Ms York said.
"This important work ensures continued system security and reliability to this major industrial hub and the wider Central Queensland area."
The new life span of the substation is expected to be extended to 2033, or a minimum of 15 years.
Powerlink said in a statement that the work would allow the company to better manage faults, such as a black outs.
It said the works would be managed to ensure there isn't any cut in supply to customers.