Maintaining reliable supply to the Bathurst, Orange and Parkes areas
TransGrid is applying the Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T) to options for maintaining reliable supply in the Bathurst, Orange and Parkes areas in Central West NSW. This would involve new transmission infrastructure to address load growth in the area.
In March 2021, we published a Project Specification Consultation Report (PSCR), the first step in the RIT-T process.
The PSCR detailed the need to maintain reliable supply in the Bathurst, Orange and Parkes areas and describes credible options to meet the need, including technical characteristics that would be required of a non-network option.
We invited written submissions on the material contained in the PSCR. Submissions were particularly sought on the credible options presented and from potential proponents of non-network options that could meet the technical requirements set out in the PSCR. We received three submissions.
Together with the PSCR, we released an Expression of Interest (EOI) to provide additional detail on the technical requirements for non-network options and seek submissions from proponents of these options.
The next step in the RIT-T process is to publish a Project Assessment Draft Report (PADR) which will provide a full quantitative analysis and expected market benefit across a range of scenarios and sensitivities. We anticipate publication of the PADR in Q4 2021.