Power transmission and distribution systems provide a lifeline to rural and urban areas alike, bringing clear socioeconomic benefits to our communities.
In helping our clients with the bulk transfer of electrical energy, our engagements focus on securing network operational reliability, security and efficiency, and leveraging our breadth of expertise in low-voltage reticulation and distribution to voltages up to 500 kV.
Our comprehensive investigation work underpins reliable transmission networks and includes steady state studies, transient and dynamic stability studies, generation connection studies and a range of specialty assessments.
Substations are an integral part of the transmission and distribution mix. We specialise in the planning and implementation (including substation primary design, substation protection design, and control and automation system design), and detailed design and construction support of substations (including primary and secondary plant design, substation control system design, earthing design, and lightning and insulation coordination.)
As the need for sustainable power increases, WSP continues to deliver excellence and innovation in the growing area of smart grids. We have delivered projects in Australia, China, the USA, Europe and the Middle East, sharing global knowledge and harnessing lessons learned to better support our clients.
We know that our clients need to improve power resilience in an era where extreme weather is becoming more common. Our professionals can leverage their extensive knowledge and experience to assess system vulnerabilities and develop designs that minimise the impact of climate-related events on power facilities and networks.
WSP has a long track record of supporting utilities, contracting organisations, developers, owners and government agencies on transmission and distribution projects across the entire life cycle. By harnessing our knowledge, technical leadership and project management skills, we serve clients in diverse roles – from technical advisers to owner’s engineers, development engineers and lender’s engineers – to solve complex transmission and distribution challenges.
We work on every major element of power transmission and distribution network systems, including overhead power lines and towers, transformers and reactive compensation equipment, substations and switchyards, underground and submarine (undersea) cables, High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) and Extra High-Voltage (EHV) networks, as well as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and Distribution Management Systems (DMS).
Our projects span:
- Site and route optioneering
- Environmental feasibility studies and assessments
- Environmental permitting and planning consent support
- Grid connection support, civil and electrical engineering design
- Smart grid development
- Integrated power solutions
- Scenario analysis for sustainable energy systems for new urban areas
- Distribution from intermittent electricity production and renewable energy sources
- Infrastructure development binding continents and facilitating intracontinental trade