Tyree News

Tyree supplying transformers for Australia’s largest DER Microgrid

Tyree Transformers continues to deliver transformer solutions to our Western Australia customers. We have successfully supplied and installed a complete package of transformers for Stage 1 of Horizon Power’s Onslow Power Station.

Located in the remote north west of Western Australia in the town of Onslow, the Onslow Power Station project is set to be the home of Australia’s largest distributed energy resource microgrid which will target greater than 50 per cent of the town of Onslow’s electricity needs to be serviced from renewable energy sources. The Onslow microgrid will include a mix of distributed renewables, modular gas powered generation and battery storage aimed at achieving a high level of renewable energy across the town.

Tyree Transformers supplied, tested and pre-commissioned the following transformers for the project;

  • 2 x 10/12.5MVA, 33KV/11KV, YNd11, ONAN/ONAF, OLTC Generator Step Up Transformers
  • 2 x 10/12.5MVA, 33KV/11KV, Dyn11, ONAN/ONAF, OLTC Zone Substation Transformers
  • 2 x 1000KVA, 11KV/415V, Dyn11, ONAN, Ground Mount Transformers
  • 1 x 2000KVA, 11KV/415V, Dyn11, ONAN, Ground Mount Transformer
  • 1 x 2000KVA, 11KV/415V, YNyn0, ONAN, Ground Mount Transformer
  • 2 x 200KVA, 11KV/415V, Dyn11, ONAN, Ground Mount Transformers
  • 2 x 11KV, 100A, 10secs Earthing Transformers

For further information on this project and Tyree Transformer’s range of products please visit our website www.tyree.com.au or our sales team sales@tyree.com.au

Bass Point Quarry Upgrade Project

Tyree Transformers recently completed the supply of transformer substations for the upgrade of the Bass Point Quarry which is located immediately south of Shellharbour on the south coast of New South Wales.

The Bass Point Quarry operation is owned by Hanson Cement producing aggregate and it has been in operation since 1880 and has approval to operate out to 2044. The electrical upgrade project required Tyree to provide seven new 11kV/433V transformer substations ranging in capacity from 315kVA to 2000kVA.

Being a quarry site the substations where required to fully comply to the New South Wales Work Health and Safety (Mine and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013.

Tyree designed the transformer substations to ensure compliance to this Act and the resulting design incorporated Sensitive Earth Leakage protection compliant to AS2081, enclosures compliant to Internal Arc Containment to AS62271.202 for operator safety and AS2067 and transformers compliant to AS60076.  The substations also incorporated medium voltage switchgear with remote operation panels and type tested Form3b Low Voltage Switchboards to ensure operator safety during switching operations.

The Bass Point site is surrounded by ocean on three sides and a number of the substations were located within 100 meters of the ocean, therefore all for the substations were assembled using transformer tanks & base frames which were fully hot dipped galvanised and housed in powder painted 304 grade stainless steel enclosures with an integral oil containment bund also fabricated from stainless steel.

For more information on this project and Tyree Transformers product range please visit our website www.tyree.com.au or contact our sales team on +61 248726177 or sales@tyree.com.au.

Tyree helping to transform train travel in Sydney

Tyree Transformers recently designed, manufactured, delivered and installed new power transformers and traction rectifier transformers for a major upgrade of the Chalmers Street Substation which is located next to Sydney’s Central Station.

The Chalmers Street Substation upgrade was a project completed under the Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) Power Supply Upgrade (PSU) program to enhance the electrical system, to support the introduction of new smart air-conditioned passenger trains and to cope with continued increases in passenger volumes.

Designed, manufactured and type tested to the stringent specifications and testing requirements of the TfNSW Asset Standards Authority (ASA) type approval process, Tyree’s scope included;

  • 3 x Power Transformers rated at 7.5 / 9MVA, 33KV/11KV with ONAN / ONAF cooling; and
  • 3 x Rectifier Transformers traction class rated at 5,350KVA, 33KV/600V/600V with ONAN cooling.

As part of Tyree’s scope of supply our Field Service team were required to complete the delivery, unloading and site positioning of the transformers within the Chalmers Street Substation.
Access to the Chalmers Street substation site is very constrained as it is located in a heavily developed area of the Sydney CBD and next to the largest train station within the Transport for New South Wales rail network.

There are significant traffic constraints for over dimensional load movements within inner-city Sydney and surrounding Central Railway Station. These transport constraints, added with the need to maintain power onto the nearby train corridor, required the delivery, unloading and installation of the transformers was completed in the early hours of the morning (whilst the City slept) over two days.

The Tyree team completed this installation process on time & on budget with no disruption to train movements.

For more information about this project and other Tyree Transformer’s products and services please contact our sales team on +61 2 48726177 or sales@tyree.com.au.



Tyree Transformers announces scholarships for engineering students

Tyree Transformers are proud to announce the introduction of an ongoing scholarship program in the memory of our founder Sir William Tyree.

The Sir William Tyree Scholarships for Engineering have been established to provide financial assistance to electrical & mechanical engineering undergraduate students for the duration of their four or five-year study program at university. The two scholarships are each valued at $15,000 per year to support high performing regional and rural students who may otherwise be unable to attend university without financial assistance.

In addition to financial assistance scholarship holders will be provided with work experience within the Tyree Group of companies where they will benefit from seeing engineering theory placed into practice in the design & manufacture of electrical equipment.

The first round of scholarships are open for applications from the 1st of July 2018 and closing on the 30th of November 2018 for study at the University of Wollongong and are targeted to support students applying to study mechanical and electrical engineering from 2019 onward. Discussions are in progress with universities in other states to widen the scholarship program to other Australian universities and regions.

In announcing the scholarships Keian Barnard Managing Director of the Tyree Group stated; “These scholarships are being established in memory of Sir William who gifted so much to engineering education in Australia and he has left the Tyree Group in a position to continue his legacy through ongoing the distribution of the profits we make from the Tyree Group businesses to charitable activities. It is also very pleasing that we are able to focus the scholarships to support students from regional and rural areas of Australia, giving back to the communities where a lot of our Tyree Transformer products are sold.”


For further details on the scholarships and to apply please visit the UoW website at https://scholarships.uow.edu.au/scholarships/search?scholarship=1521

Supporting Hydro Power Generation in Vanuatu

Tyree recently supplied transformers and padmount substations for the Talise Hydroelectric Project on Maewo island, located in the north of Vanuatu. The distribution system will provide electricity to the villages of Tam, Talise, Narovorovo, and Nasawa.

Tyree, working with Pelena Energy of Australia who have undertaken the project implementation with the Vanuatu Department of Energy and with funding from IUCN and the Vanuatu Government under the Governance for Growth program.

Vanuatu Government Director of Energy Mr Antony Garae said, “This project is the first of its type in Vanuatu. It’s using primarily local people-power under the guidance of the contractor to construct the system, with local training forming part of the process. Vanuatu, with its many islands and vast distances between, must find unique solutions to deliver modern, clean, renewable energy technologies to remote areas.”

The remote location of the project required delivery of the transformers using a landing craft at a nearby beach and people power for the unloading and transport to the project sites.



The teamwork demonstrated by the local people to complete this project is a credit to their community spirit and a positive attitude to change. The project when commissioned will deliver electricity to the community and most importantly will provide power to the local school. Reliable electricity supply will bring many benefits including income generation, better schooling for local children and better health services through the clinic. Commissioning of the system is expected to occur in June 2018.

For more information about this project and other Tyree Transformers products please contact our sales team at sales@tyree.com.au.

Sir William Tyree Foundation Donates $5m to UNSW

At a hand-over presentation attended by David Gonski and Jon Paparsenos, Peter Tyree and Robyn Fennell, Sir William and Lady Tyree’s surviving children, have donated, on behalf of the Sir William Tyree Foundation, the sum of $5 million to the University of New South Wales. This donation is the concluding payment of the eleven million dollar commitment made by the Foundation to provide industry funding for the Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB).

This donation is the latest of numerous gifts made to UNSW and its engineering faculty by the Foundation and finalises the funding commitment required from industry to initiate the construction of the building six years ago. The TETB was one of the visions of, then Dean of Engineering, Professor Graham Davies whose aim was to locate UNSW’s world leading energy research capabilities in one building that would create a professional and inspirational environment.

Completed in January 2012, the TETB, built with funding from the Sir William Tyree Foundation and the federal government’s Education Investment Fund is named after Sir William Tyree. Sir William was a UNSW alumnus, successful innovator, businessman and major philanthropic supporter of Australian engineering and educational research. Situated at the Anzac Parade entrance to the University the $124 million TETB has a 6 Star energy rating and incorporates breakthrough architectural design that provides a space that is home to the UNSW Energy Institute whilst also providing facilities where research, education and industry bodies can collaborate in developing, and practically implementing, sustainable energy technologies.

The building has been a resounding success and is the recipient of numerous awards including:

  • Outstanding Construction Award – Master Builders Association (NSW) 2012
  • National Public Buildings Award (over $50mil) – Master Builders Association Awards 2012
  • Tertiary Buildings (over $50mil) – Master Builder Association Awards 2012
  • Public Buildings Category – Randwick City Urban Design Awards 2013
  • Sustainability Category – Randwick City Urban Design Awards 2013
  • Finalist, UN World Environment Day Award 2013
  • 3rd place, Green Dot Awards LA, USA 2013
  • Teaching/Mixed Use Laboratory Award – UK S-Lab Awards for Excellence in Laboratory Design, Management and Operation 2015.

Housing the School of Photovoltaic & Renewable Energy and the School of Petroleum Engineering, the TETB consists of five levels totaling approximately 15,000 square metres which incorporates administrative spaces, teaching and learning spaces,engineering workshops, engineering display spaces, a café, and research areas including laboratories. The roof of the building incorporates photovoltaic cells for the testing of research and development work as well as contributing to the energy input requirements of the facility while a central atrium space uses access stairs and pedestrian bridges to connect the floor levels increasing the visual and physical interconnections and enhances the collaborative nature of the design.

Peter Tyree commented; “This building displays all that is great in Australian architecture and building technologies, it provides a first class educational facility that will enable Australian engineers to grapple with, and find solutions to, the ever expanding issues of energy security and management both in Australia and the rest of the world”.
Peter also commented; “In addition to the funding for the TETB it is a great honour for the Sir William Tyree Foundation to also be funding a significant amount of ongoing research and development that is being carried out in TETB. The “Distributed Power Generation (Microgrid)” and the “SWER Line Fault Detection” projects are both great examples which demonstrate the long term value of the TETB facility to the University and Australia.”

For further information on Tyree Energy Technologies Building and philanthropic activities of the Sir William Tyree Foundation, please contact David Ward at the head office of the Foundation, (02 4872 6177).

Tyree Transformers are very pleased to welcome our new apprentices and graduates to Team Tyree in 2018

(Pictured: Seth McDonnell – Fab 2nd Year, Maneesh Selvamani – Grad Engineer, Tony Obrien – Maintenance Team Leader, Cooper Flink – Electrical, Kieran McKay – Electrical, James MacDonald – Fitter)


The team at Tyree Transformers continue to grow our business with the number of people we employ in Australian and New Zealand operations increasing by 60 permanent employees in the past year. This continued growth has also enabled us to increase our training positions with a total of 5 new apprentices and graduates commencing in 2018 at the Tyree Transformers operations at Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

“The Tyree Transformer’s operations continue to grow year on year and we are very proud to be creating long term employment opportunities for the young and long term unemployed from the regions in which we operate. The team at Tyree have a proud history of training skilled workers, tradespeople & engineers and this year’s graduate intake will go on to provide their skills to the Australian community for the next generation.” said Keian Barnard, Tyree Group CEO. “In addition to training within our businesses, each year up to 50% of our annual profits are gifted by the Tyree Foundation toward engineering education and medical research which we are all proud of at Tyree. Training and education are firmly embedded in the Tyree Group’s DNA and operating principles to ensure the ongoing legacy of our founder Sir William Tyree and the Tyree family.”

For more information about the Tyree Group and available employment opportunities please visit our company websites www.tyree.com.au, www.tycab.com.au and www.tycab.co.nz

Tyree Transformers providing the power behind Australia’s shift to Hyper-Scale Data Centres.

Tyree Transformers has recently manufactured and installed two power transformers for a new 66kV Substation constructed by Beon Energy Solutions for a new hyper-scale Data Centre. The 66kV Substation is located at Derrimut Victoria and will power Melbourne’s largest data centre and Australia’s first hyper scale data centre.

Both transformers were delivered and energised in March 2017 and are rated at 66/22kV, 25/33MVA, ONAN/ONAF with 17 position on load tap changers.  The units are designed to a full power utility grade specification and each unit was successfully routine and type tested to AS60076 including achieving a 150% (49MVA) four hour overload duty. Each transformer instrumentation and controls incorporated the latest Schweitzer Laboratories SEL transformer on-line monitoring, control and automation hardware and NEOPTIC fibre optic temperature sensing equipment.

Our Tyree Transformers field service team successfully completed the site unloading, assembly, testing and pre-commissioning of both transformers in record time, ensuring the overall substation project was delivered on time for our customer Beon Energy Solutions and the end client.

This is another success for the Tyree Transformers team in providing transformers for major projects in what is a very exciting phase of infrastructure growth within Australia.

For further details on this project and Tyree’s range of products please contact our sales team on (02) 48726177 or by email at sales@tyree.com.au.

Tyree Foundation is funding research to support the ongoing development of electrical power grids

The Tyree Foundation announced its commitment of $3.5M of funding for two significant electrical engineering research projects to be completed over a period of three years.

In line with key objectives to advance engineering and education in Australia, the Tyree Foundation has entered into a joint funding agreement with the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney that has brought together these two prestigious bodies to collaborate on two research and development projects that combine education, research and development and live test facilities to provide solutions for social issues including the “Bridging the Gap Initiative” that aims to improve the lives of indigenous Australians in remote communities.

The first of the two projects aims to develop safe reliable microgrids for remote communities in Australia. Rural and remote communities increasingly rely on a wide mix of potential power sources including PV solar, thermal, diesel generators, wind, fuel cells and battery storage. The project aims to develop models for planning and optimisation of this broad range of energy sources to allow them to be interconnected in a microgrid format and remotely managed, to help provide consistent reliable power for remote communities. Critical success factors of the project include providing the capability to provide an affordable solution linking existing best of breed and locally developed components into an architecture that can be safely maintained by local residents rather than needing support that is typically many hundreds of kilometres away.

The second project has been devised to assist rural communities that rely heavily upon SWER (single wire earth return) power transmission for their electricity, and increasingly, PV Solar as a secondary power source. SWER transmission lines are often hundreds of kilometres in length and can be prone to poor reliability due to the very nature of their old design and its ability to supply today’s sophisticated and more demanding loads including televisions, computers and smart devices as well as technical issues induced through weather events and falling trees! Traditional fault finding on SWER lines is often difficult due to the lack of communications and smart technologies which typically requires engineers to “walk the line” to identify problems, this project is seeking to develop low cost remote line monitoring devices that will transmit signals to control stations in order that engineers can pinpoint faults over long distances and allow the restoration of power far more quickly than is currently the case.

These exciting projects will directly employ more than 30 people over the three year project period engaging a mix of research engineers, post graduate engineers and under graduate students to design and develop communication modules and protocols, sensor design and deployment strategies along with appropriate hardware and software solutions.

For further details on the activities of the Tyree Foundation please refer all inquiries to dward@tyree.com.au

Walk For Brain Cancer

On Sunday the 29th October a contingent of over 90 Tyree Transformers employees and their families participated in the inaugural Bowral Walk for Brain Cancer at Bong Bong Race Course.

Tyree Transformers were very pleased to be a major sponsor for the walk in support of this very worthy cause and in memory of our work mate Mark Reid who passed away from this insidious disease in July 2017.

The Tyree team raised over $5000 from contributions from our employees which were matched by the company.

On what was a gorgeous Southern Highlands summer’s day over 400 hundred people participated in the walk and raised in excess of $40,000.

This is a remarkable result from the Southern Highlands community and for the event organisers the O’Brien family, especially when compared to the funds raised by much larger regions.

For more information on this wonderful charity and its work please go to www.walk4braincancer.com.au

For more information on the Southern Highlands walk, please click here – www.walk4braincancer.com.au/events/84/w4bc-bowral


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