Peak summer demand puts pressure on Central Eyre Peninsula

SA Power Networks has found that the population surge associated with the summer holiday period marks a substantial increase in electrical load usage, potentially affecting the power supplies to more than 4,700 in Wudinna and surrounding areas.

Why is this project important?

The $6.8 million project will boost load capacity at the Wudinna Connection Point, which feeds the townships of Wudinna, Tarlton, Ceduna, Streaky Bay and Moorkitabie along a 200km 66kV radial distribution line.

The upgrade will assist SA Power Networks in maintaining a safe and reliable supply of power to customers in the Central Eyre Peninsula throughout the peak summer months.

What did this project involve?

The installation of an additional 25 MVA 132/66kV transformer at the Wudinna 132/66kV Connection Point site is being undertaken by ElectraNet.

To safely connect the upgraded Wudinna Connection Point to the 66kV distribution network, SA Power Networks is installing a new 66kV bus to the ElectraNet transformers.

Works will also involve the installation of new 66kV line exits and the upgrade of protection and control equipment at Wudinna.

What is the timeline of this project?

SA Power Networks is on schedule to complete works by summer 2011/2012.