Melbourne CBD substations to be upgraded with state-of-the-art switchgear

Siemens has been awarded a $70 million electrical infrastructure contract with Victorian electricity distributor, CitiPower, as part of the Metro 2012 power upgrade project designed to service Melbourne’s CBD.

The upgrade involves the installation of 35 high voltage Siemens gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) units to be installed at the Bouverie-Queensberry (BQ) zone substation, located on Bouverie Street and Lansdowne Place, Carlton; and the Victoria Market (VM) zone substation, on Dudley Street, Melbourne.

A further 27 state-of-the-art Siemens medium voltage air insulated switchgear will also be installed at the BQ Zone Substation in Carlton.

The large-scale power upgrade project undertaken by CitiPower will provide increased electrical infrastructure capacity to meet the growing population and energy demands within Melbourne’s CBD.

To accommodate the space restrictions of the Metro 2012 project, Siemens was able to provide a space-saving solution with minimal impact to the surrounding infrastructure. The Siemens GIS compact operation maintains reliable performance within the current substation footprint.