Ergon Energy Restores Power to 2,400+ Meters of URD with Novinium Cable Injection
Facing difficult weather challenges and unusual soil conditions, Novinium® restored a cable line in Queensland, Australia that had been abandoned for five years. Novinium tailored their Cablecure® 732 fluid for warm tropical and desert soils, achieving renewed reliability on the cable.
- Cable rejuvenation project restored approximately 10 MVA of network capacity
- Cable was tested by the University of
Queensland and found to be free of partial discharge
- Major URD line back returned to full operating capacity after project completion
The Company and the Situation:
Ergon Energy provides electricity-related services to around 600,000 customers across Queensland, Australia. A cable run on the north side of Cairns, Queensland, had failed several times and had been abandoned for an overhead line.
The utility had repaired multiple failures in a long underground insulated cable covering a wide geographic area in the north part of Cairns, a large city in Queensland. Eventually, Ergon had to shut down the line and install an overhead line to partially compensate for the loss of capacity.
When Ergon decided to try cable rejuvenation, the long line had been out of service for five years. After Ergon become aware of the innovations in Novinium’s cable refurbishment techniques, the utility saw the opportunity to get the abandoned line back in service without the very high cost of replacement.