Project Overview

After almost 50 years in service, the Eyre Peninsula’s existing high-voltage power line is approaching the end of its operational life. To ensure the Eyre Peninsula has a secure and reliable electricity supply for the next 50 years, ElectraNet is building a new high-voltage power line and upgrading five substations.

 

About the project

Eyre Peninsula Link involves the construction of a new, double-circuit 132 kV transmission line from Cultana to Port Lincoln, via Yadnarie, with the ability to upgrade the Cultana to Yadnarie section to 275 kV at a later date.

Benefits of the new line

The new line will provide homes and businesses throughout the Eyre Peninsula with a secure and reliable power supply. Other benefits of the project include:

  • increasing capacity to connect more users to the electricity network;
  • enabling new renewable energy projects to connect in the future;
  • opportunity to extend the network in future; and
  • during construction, workers spending money in the communities they’re working in.

Local Industry Briefings and work opportunities

Businesses across the Eyre Peninsula are being encouraged to register their interest to participate in online Local Industry Briefings for Eyre Peninsula Link. They will be hosted by ElectraNet and the project’s early works contractor, Downer Infrastructure Projects.

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

Suppliers, subcontractors, service providers, social enterprise and/or Aboriginal businesses are encouraged to join us at the sessions to learn more about the tendering process, work packages and how they can get involved.

Click here to register your interest to participate in one of the online briefings.

Line route

The route of the new line runs almost parallel to the existing transmission line, on its western side. The route was identified through engineering, research, technical field studies and direct engagement with landowners and the broader Eyre Peninsula community.

As part of the project, some temporary transmission lines will be constructed which will ensure power supply can be maintained to the Eyre Peninsula while the new line is being built.

Route characteristics

The chosen route achieves the best balance of environmental, cultural, social, land use, engineering and cost criteria. The transmission line route:

  • Reflects community preferences to contain the new and old infrastructure within the same corridor, to the west of the existing line. This was the strongest preference in landowner feedback to ElectraNet.
  • Has the least environmental impact by using existing access tracks to minimise vegetation clearance.
  • Minimises impacts on culturally sensitive sites. Cultural heritage will be managed through a specific Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plan.
  • Achieves the lowest cost for consumers as it is the shortest, most direct route between its fixed connection points.

Current status

ElectraNet has and continues to engage with landholders along the route of the new line to explain the project, discuss access to their property during construction and answer questions they may have.

Project timing

Construction on the new transmission line is expected to begin in mid-2021 and the line should be energised by the end of 2022. 

Working with landholders and the community

ElectraNet will continue to engage directly with landowners along the project corridor to manage possible issues such as access, timing, vegetation removal and rehabilitation. We will also be in the field collecting environmental and engineering information to ensure the project’s successful delivery.

Removal of old power line

At this stage, the existing line will remain and be maintained.

More information

For any queries, feedback or to be kept updated on the project, please contact ElectraNet’s Community
Engagement Consultant at community.liaison@electranet.com.au or call toll-free on 1800 890 376.

Project Information Sheet - June 2020 (PDF, 1 MB)
 
 

Release of Project Specification Consultation Report (PSCR)

 

Release of Project Assessment Draft Report (PADR)

 

Release of Project Assessment Conclusions Report (PACR)

 

Australian Energy Regulator RIT-T approval

 

Submission of Contingent Project Application (CPA)

 

CPA approval from Australian Energy Regulator

 

Construction work begins

 

New line energised