UEA Electrical Design and Construct Chamber Substation at Sydney Olympic Park

Posted 30 November 2012

8UEA has completed an electrical design and construction contract which culminated in the commissioning of a new Chamber Substation in the middle of Sydney Olympic Park. The design process for this project required a thorough understanding of the energy provider’s standards to develop the chamber substation room and the trench route through Sydney Olympic Park.

Given the prominent location, a number of challenges had to be overcome. Due consideration had to be given to:

  • local environmental impacts;
  • the general public and the high volume of people who visit the site; and
  • the large and varying number of underground services which are present at the site.

The design required a new trench to be installed across Olympic Boulevard with jointing bays for HV connection near the Olympic Stadium. The trenching works also extended through the commercial precinct of Sydney Olympic Park via Figtree Drive. UEA Electrical consulted with Sydney Olympic Park Authority (SOPA), surrounding businesses, service providers and the NSW power authority to achieve acceptance.

The substation building was constructed in May 2012 by Taylor Constructions in preparation for the commencement of the electrical construction works. UEA mobilised its electrical construction crews on 13 August 2012 with the 11kV outage to connect and energise the substation completed on 14 October 2012. The construction phase of the project was completed in 9 weeks – an extremely short timeframe given the large scope of works to be completed. Olympic Boulevard was excavated and trenched with minimal disruption to the operation of the Olympic Park site during a busy events season which included the NRL Finals Series.

UEA Electrical has one minor outage remaining to make the substation fully operational which is scheduled for completion in November 2012.

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Image: The checking of Substation during commissioning.