Eyre Peninsula Link
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.
Response to public comment
The Eyre Peninsula Link transmission line is controlled under the EPBC Act and is being assessed by preliminary documentation. The controlling provisions are listed threatened species and communities (section 18 and 18A of the EPBC Act). Proposed construction activities have the potential to impact on Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata), Jumping Jack Wattle (Acacia enterocarpa) and Tufted Bush Pea (Pultenaea trichophylla).
In accordance with Section 95A(3) of the EPBC Act, ElectraNet made the preliminary documentation available for public comment from 17 December 2020 to 11 January 2021. No public submissions were received on the Preliminary Documentation during this time.
In accordance with Section 95B(4) of the EPBC Act, written advice noting that no comments were received, the original EPBC referral document and the Preliminary Documentation is available for information for 20 business days from the date of advertisement.
Copies of the Preliminary Documentation can be viewed or downloaded below:
Noting the current COVID 19 safety measures, anyone requiring hard copies of the preliminary documentation is encouraged to contact ElectraNet and a copy will be sent to you without charge. For hard copies contact:
Alecia Wright, Senior Development Adviser, ElectraNet
PO Box 7096 Hutt Street Post Office
ADELAIDE SA 5000
People with specific needs (i.e. for whom have low literacy in English or people living with a disability) may contact 0439 758 888 for assistance with the material.
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.
Project work opportunities
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. These briefings were an opportunity for businesses to learn about the project, tendering process, work packages and how to 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.
Businesses wanting to register their interest can click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For any queries, feedback or to be kept updated on the project, please contact ElectraNet’s Community
Engagement Consultant at email@example.com or call toll-free on 1800 890 376.
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