The new 101-tonne transformer makes its way to Terranora substation.
The new 101-tonne transformer makes its way to Terranora substation.

Night trip for transformer

A NEW 101-tonne transformer was delivered to the Country Energy zone substation in Terranora last week.

Two semitrailers were needed to tow the transformer weighing the equivalent of 25 motor homes from Tweed Heads to the substation in the early hours of the morning.

The delivery caused some road closures, with local crews being required to lift powerlines to allow it to pass safely underneath.

Not commissioned until early next year, the enormous 100MVA transformer with the power to service close to 35 supermarkets, will join two existing transformers in providing power to the Terranora interconnector also known as Directlink.

The interconnector which connects the New South Wales and Queensland electricity grids underground, allows power to be traded between the two states, helping to alleviate the pressure on Queensland's grid while boosting services to the Tweed Heads area.

Country Energy said that the new transformer would be installed to cater for the steady growth in the Tweed Heads area and assist with the increased load demands as both the Queensland and New South Wales communities continue to expand.



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