Link achieves milestone approval

APPROVAL: The Eyre Peninsula Link has received funding aproval from the AER.
APPROVAL: The Eyre Peninsula Link has received funding aproval from the AER.

Construction of a $290 million high voltage transmission line between Cultana and Port Lincoln that could bring more than 200 jobs to the Upper Spencer Gulf has received funding approval from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).

ElectraNet submitted the Contingent Project Application in May 2020, with the green light from the AER being the final regulatory approval required for the project under National Electricity Rules.

Should further required project approvals be obtained in the coming months, ElectraNet hope to begin construction of the transmission line, known as Eyre Peninsula Link, in March 2021.

The project is tipped to improve power security and reliability to Eyre Peninsula households and businesses while boosting the local economy through construction jobs and use of local suppliers.

ElectraNet Chief Executive Steve Masters said the approval was another important milestone for the EP Link.

"Building a new, 270 kilometre high-voltage transmission line and upgrading five of our electricity substations is expected to take about 18 months to complete, with the new power line planned to be energised in December 2022," he said.

"Improving power delivery to the Eyre Peninsula is part of ElectraNet's commitment to provide reliable and affordable electricity transmission services to meet the state's current and future needs."

In August, ElectraNet and early works contractor Downer Infrastructure Projects, hosted two successful Local Industry Briefings for businesses interested in getting involved in the project.

More than 100 local and state-based businesses attended the online briefings to learn about the project, tendering process, work packages and how they can get involved.

Following the briefings, interested businesses were encouraged to register their details for a project database which will be provided to the successful contractor who will deliver the project.

The EP Link would be a new double-circuit 132 kliovolt transmission line from Cultana to Port Lincoln, via Yadnarie, with the ability to upgrade the Cultana to Yadnarie section to 275 kV in the future when needed.

Major works include upgrades to substations at Port Lincoln, Cultana, Yadnarie, Wudinna and Middleback, and a new 270km transmission line.

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