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NSW government gives critical infrastructure status to PEC [free access]

September 3, 2019

The New South Wales (NSW) government of Australia has given Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) status to the Project Energy Connect (PEC) between the states of South Australia and New South Wales (NSW).


The South Australian transmission company, ElectraNet Pty. Limited, and NSW transmission system operator (TSO), TransGrid, are developing the project. It includes construction of a 916 km transmission line from Wagga Wagga in NSW to Robertstown in South Australia at a cost of AUD1.73 billion. It would have a capacity of approximately 800 MW and be able to transfer power in either direction.


The project will begin by mid-2021 and involves two phases. The first section is expected to be delivered by the end of 2022, while the entire project is expected to be commissioned by mid-2023.


TransGrid has begun community engagement to get the environmental impact statement (EIS) ready in the second half of 2020 and plans to hire contractors in the coming weeks.