EnergyConnect is an energy infrastructure project that will lower power bills for homes and businesses and create 1500 jobs, primarily across regional NSW.
The project includes a new 900km electricity transmission line, known as an interconnector, that will connect power grids across three Australian states, driving competition in the wholesale electricity market.
The interconnector is being built between Wagga Wagga in New South Wales and Robertstown in South Australia, with a connection to Red Cliffs in Victoria.
TransGrid is partnering with ElectraNet to deliver EnergyConnect, with TransGrid building the NSW section.
Why is the project needed?
The Australian energy landscape is transitioning to a greater mix of low-emission renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. At the same time, consumers are demanding lower power bills and more secure and reliable service.
EnergyConnect will deliver the infrastructure required to support this transition by connecting the energy grids of NSW, SA and Victoria. These connections will expand the wholesale electricity market across the three states, meaning increased reliability and security of electricity supply and lower power bills.
Operating at total capacity, EnergyConnect will be capable of supplying 8.5% of NSW's total average maximum daily demand.
What is happening now?
Early works are due to start soon in the Buronga and Wentworth area (NSW-Western section).
The team will be completing site assessments, environmental surveys and geotechnical investigations to better understand site conditions and inform detailed design.
There will be very little disruption to nearby residents and businesses, with most works taking place on private properties.
TransGrid is following all NSW Health COVID-19 guidelines.
The EIS for the NSW-Western Section is complete and available on the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Major Projects Planning Portal. TransGrid is working with the Department to provide any further information required.
To support community engagement, TransGrid has developed a Community Guide to the EIS.
TransGrid has lodged a Planning Application with Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) regarding proposed works in EnergyConnect’s Victorian Section. The application will be on public display until 30 August. For more information view the Planning Application.
Please see the 'Landholder and community engagement' section below to find out more about our ongoing community engagement activities.
To see the latest project timeline, please see the 'Key dates' section below.