26 September 2023

Feedback invited on SA power link

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The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) is calling for feedback on plans to build the NSW section of the EnergyConnect interconnector between NSW and South Australia.

Acting Executive Director of Energy, Resources & Industry Assessments at DPIE, Steve O’Donoghue encouraged everyone to have their say on the proposal, which seeks to build a new transmission line between Buronga and Wagga Wagga.

“The interconnector proposes to improve energy security and reliability between NSW and South Australia and help us transition towards a net-zero future,” Mr O’Donoghue said.

“This exhibition follows the approval of the western section of the Project between the NSW-South Australian border and Buronga last September and the South Australian section last December,” he said.

“Our role is to assess the application in consultation with the local community, Government Agencies and stakeholders and we are encouraging the community to share their views on this latest section.”

Mr O’Donoghue said the new transmission line between Buronga and Wagga Wagga was set to include about 540 kilometres of new double circuit transmission line and associated infrastructure; a new 330 kilovolt substation, about 170 kilometres west of Wagga Wagga; and an upgrade and expansion of the existing Wagga Wagga substation.

“After the exhibition closes, the Department will review all community submissions received, along with feedback from other Government Agencies and Councils as part of its rigorous assessment process,” he said.

The Acting Director said community consultation on the Project was open until 15 February.

Further information on the Project can be accessed at this PS News link.

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