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Garbutt substation upgrade

The dual-owned Ergon Energy and Powerlink Garbutt bulk supply substation, which powers more than 50,000 homes and businesses across Townsville, is undergoing a $30 million upgrade to meet the future needs of the growing community.

Established in 1958, the Garbutt bulk supply substation has become a key link between Ergon’s local electricity distribution network and Powerlink’s high-voltage transmission network. While the substation has stood the test of time, much of the existing infrastructure and equipment is soon due for retirement.

The project will involve a major upgrade with the old outdoor equipment in the substation yard replaced with new, modern 66kV gas insulated switchgear housed inside the substation building.

Keeping you informed

You can keep up to date on all the project activities and the construction schedule through our newsletters.


Download the newsletters about the Garbutt Substation Project.

Photo gallery

See photos of work in progress at the Garbutt project site.

Project contact details

For more information or to provide us with feedback, please contact the project team:

Online: Project feedback form


Phone: 1300 653 055