Coppabella Wind Farm - Line 99M Rebuild


Rebuild of Transmission Line 99M from the Coppabella Wind Farm to Yass Substation.

  • The project

    Transmission Line 99M forms an approximate 73 km 132 kV single circuit connection between the Yass 330 kV substation and the Murrumburrah 132 kV substation, located in the Southern Tablelands region. To facilitate the grid connection of the Coppabella Wind Farm development, TransGrid is proposing to rebuild an approximate 39 km section of Line 99M between the Coppabella Wind Farm (at Structure 143) and Yass substation as a double circuit line (the project). The rebuilt section of Line 99M would comprise new 40 metre high steel or concrete pole transmission structures, which would be up to 20 meters higher than the existing wooden pole structures. The project would also involve the construction of a new switch bay and associated electrical and communications connection works at Yass substation.

  • Why is TransGrid undertaking the work?
    Goldwind Pty Ltd. has received approval to construct and operate the Coppabella Wind Farm. The Coppabella Wind Farm would connect to the National Electricity Market via TransGrid’s Transmission Line 99M. The current line rating of Line 99M was not sufficient to accommodate the proposed generation of the Coppabella Wind Farm. While the former approved project (July 2018) involved uprating the line by replacing the existing conductors, further network constraint studies determined that the line would still be constrained under certain operating conditions, particularly due to the introduction of new renewable generation sources in the region. Additionally, the rebuild of Line 99M would address the marginal loss factor which would have been applied to the former approved transmission line uprating project by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). 
  • Planning Approval and Environmental Assessment
    TransGrid prepared a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, which was made available for community and stakeholder comment between 13 June 2019 and 9 August 2019.
    TransGrid has now determined the project. The REF, Submissions Report and Decision Statement can be viewed via the links below.
    View the Review of Environmental Factors:

    View the Submissions Report and Decision Statement:
    Submissions Report 
    Decision Statement

    Construction works are anticipated to commence in quarter 3 to quarter 4 2020.

  • How can I get more information?

    You can contact our Community Engagement team on 1800 222 537 or via community@transgrid.com.au.

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