Businesses across the Eyre Peninsula are being encouraged to register their interest to participate in online Local Industry Briefings for Eyre Peninsula Link.

Eyre Peninsula Link is the proposed new 270 kilometre, high-voltage transmission line to be constructed from Cultana to Port Lincoln, via Yadnarie. The project is subject to receiving the necessary approvals, including funding approval from the Australian Energy Regulator.

The online Local Industry Briefings will be hosted by ElectraNet and the project’s early works contractor, Downer Infrastructure Projects.

ElectraNet Group Executive Network Services, Simon Emms, said the online briefings were an opportunity for businesses across the Eyre Peninsula to find out more about the project and register their interest to provide goods and services.

“One of the biggest benefits of this project will be the opportunity for local companies to be involved in supporting its delivery,” Simon said.

“This means job opportunities throughout the construction phase and a boost to the local economy using goods and services from across the region.

“To support this, we’re encouraging suppliers, subcontractors, service providers, social enterprise and Aboriginal businesses to join us at the briefings to learn more about the tendering process, work packages and how they can set themselves up to get involved.

“The briefings will also allow local businesses to share their capabilities and capacity with the project team and have any questions answered.

“Businesses registering their interest online for the briefings will be put on the project database and provided to the successful contractor once they have been engaged by ElectraNet.

“From then on, the project contractor will engage with the businesses directly to procure the required goods and services to support the project.”

Early estimates include the need for 3,000 days of crane hire and 10,000m3 of concrete. The skills and suppliers required range from civil workers, riggers, lines workers, and related support teams across the Eyre Peninsula line over 18 months. The teams will need accommodation, transport and logistics across the 270 kilometres.

Early works contractor, Downer Infrastructure Projects – Manager Project Development, Gabriel Cohen, said this project will require over 200 workers during peak construction.

“The contractor will support ElectraNet to maximise benefits to the local economy through collaboration with the local industry. This project can ‘keep the lights on’ in Eyre Peninsula in many direct and indirect ways,” Gabriel said.

“When businesses register for the online briefings, we get to learn more about who is interested and what is available locally. This is considered when planning the work so that we can optimise opportunities for local businesses where possible. We want this project to be a positive legacy for Eyre Peninsula, by Eyre Peninsula.”

The online briefings will be held on Tuesday, August 25 at 3pm and on Thursday, August 27 at 5.30pm.

Businesses wanting to attend can register online at here. Registrations close on Monday, August 24, 2020.

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