Findon substation

Western suburbs 66kV network receives further boost

SA Power Networks has undertaken essential works on its 66kV network in Adelaide's western suburbs, serving about 41,000 customers in Findon, Woodville East and Woodville West.

Prior to these works, a single 66kV powerline fed out of Findon substation. SA Power Networks has installed an additional 66kV powerline to the substation to improve security and reliability of supply.

The project has also strengthened the network's ability to cope with future load growth in the area.

What did this project involve?

The cornerstone of this $10.4 million project is the creation of a new 66kV overhead powerline between SA Power Networks' Findon and Flinders Park substations, installed along a 1.7km section of Findon Road. A number of 11kV stobie poles have also been replaced to accommodate the new line.

In order to support this 66kV line and future load growth, a new control building has been built at Flinders Park substation.

New protection equipment was installed at Woodville, Findon, Fulham Gardens and Flinders Park substations. New fibre optic communications between each site and an upgrade of existing SCADA and telecommunications equipment has also been undertaken.

In addition, the existing 1.3km Woodville to Findon 66kV powerline is being upgraded,

What impact would these works have on the community?

To minimise the impact of the installation of the new 66kV powerline and associated stobie poles along Findon Road, SA Power Networks worked closely with local businesses and residents.

What is the project's timeline?

Planning and project design commenced in 2010, with construction in April 2011. The project is expected to be completed by June 2012.