Specialist engineers from Siemens Energy in India have arrived in Australia for the pre-commissioning of critical technology.
QNI Project Director Colin Mayer said:
“Transgrid has worked closely with authorities to make sure that we have the international expertise we need, while complying with COVID-19 requirements.
We now have three experts from Siemens Energy in Australia to begin this specialised process.”
This technology will be used on the Transgrid Queensland-NSW Interconnector (QNI) upgrade project.
Transgrid enables the smooth operation of over 13,000km of high voltage transmission wires and 110 substations in NSW and the ACT, with connections to Victoria and Qld.
The two Indian engineers will help deliver vital equipment for the project to help keep the grid stable.
Hansel Gracias, Commissioning Engineer, and Jaskaran Singh, Installation Supervisor from Siemens Energy, have started working at the Transgrid Dumaresq substation.
Sharing this news, Australia’s High Commissioner to India, the Hon. Barry O’Farrell AO tweeted:
The two Indian engineers have travelled from Goa and Delhi.
Hansel Gracias says:
“Australia is beautiful, especially Dumaresq, where the land is probably like it was hundreds of years ago. It’s not like Delhi.”
They completed a 14-day quarantine period in Adelaide, flying into Brisbane Airport, followed by a five-hour drive to accommodation near the substation.
Jaskaran Singh who is excited to be in Australia and looking forward to seeing some Kangaroos says:
“Coming from Delhi, which is the capital of India and very crowded, to Dumaresq – where there are not many people – has been very interesting. My kids keep on asking me to ‘please, send some photos of kangaroos!’ But, unfortunately, we haven’t seen any yet.”
Siemens Energy has 91,000 employees who are part of the world’s most valued energy technology company.
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