ALSTOM T&D has won the contract to design and construct a turnkey 220/66kV terminal station for SPI PowerNet at Cranbourne in South-eastern Melbourne.
The terminal station, to be completed by April 30 2004, will supply electricity to Melbourne's rapidly growing southeastern residential region, incorporating Cranbourne and Pakenham.
According to government statistics, the region has already contributed more than 40 per cent of Melbourne's development growth during the second half of the 1990s. With much of Melbourne's population growth expected to occur in this region, a further increase in demand will be experienced by the distribution companies, United Energy and TXU.
Hans van Veelen, chief executive of ALSTOM's T&D Systems Business, said significant electrical infrastructure development was planned for Victoria over the next five years, making the project an excellent opportunity for ALSTOM to showcase its equipment and expertise.
"The main challenge for ALSTOM will be to complete the project within its short time frame while satisfying the requirements of a large number of electrical stakeholders, such as SPI PowerNet, the privately-owned distribution companies, TXU and United Energy, and the State Government-owned VENCorp."
In addition to ALSTOM design and construction expertise, the terminal station will feature a variety of ALSTOM systems and equipment, including 220kV disconnectors, 220kV and 66kV circuit breakers, MiCOM protection relays and an ALSTOM e-terracontrol control system.
This new terminal station contract follows the successful completion of works on SPI PowerNet's SNOVIC project by ALSTOM's Electrical Services Business, within a similarly tight timeframe.