Hundreds of local businesses register to work on Transgrid’s major transmission project EnergyConnect

27 January 2022

More than 820 individual businesses have registered to become prequalified for work on Transgrid’s EnergyConnect project, a critical electricity transmission infrastructure which will save NSW energy customers $180 million a year and generate up to 1,500 new jobs.

Transgrid and its construction partner SecureEnergy is delivering the NSW component of the interconnector, which covers 700km from the South Australian border to the regional energy hub of Wagga Wagga. The $1.5 billion project will take 2.5 years to plan and build and is expected to be operational from 2024.

Executive Manager of Delivery Craig Stallan said 826 businesses have registered on the NSW Government’s Business Connect and Industry Capability Network (ICN), generating 1,658 Expressions of Interest (EOI) responses for work packages.

“Transgrid values local skills and capabilities and we are really pleased to see a growing number of local and regional businesses registering to pre-qualify for possible work on EnergyConnect,” said Mr Stallan.

Of the 826 companies that have registered, 454 are NSW-based and 83 of them are located in the Local Government Areas (LGA) in the project footprint. Fifty-six companies are indigenous-owned and these organisations have submitted 100 EOIs for work packages. Applications have been received from companies in the Wagga Wagga, Wentworth, Murray River, Mildura, Balranald, Edward River, Hay, Lockhart, Murrumbidgee and Federation Council areas.

“I’d encourage other companies to apply via ICN’s Mid-Tier Supplier Panel (MTSP), which enables local and regional businesses to understand the requirements of large construction companies. The process makes local businesses readily available to the project’s main contractors and makes local businesses stronger and better through skills development.”

SecureEnergy Project Director David Whatmough said “This is an exciting time – we hope to provide opportunities for as many local businesses as possible. We are partnering with the NSW Government’s Business Connect and ICN to roll out capability training on MTSP use, for local organisations who have registered for work with SecureEnergy.”

SecureEnergy has also released two new Expressions of Interest (EOI) specifically targeted at manufacturing opportunities for local businesses. They include one for 50 cattle stock grids with 100 concrete abutments and another for the fabrication and supply of reinforcement cages, which will be used for works such as concrete piles in the construction of the transmission towers.

“The manufacturing packages are both sizeable pieces of work which are well suited to local suppliers. The replacement of gates with cattle/stock grids will assist our workers in gaining easier access to landowners’ properties; and the fabrication and supply of reinforcement cages is critical infrastructure in the construction of the transmission towers,” said Mr Whatmough.

Suppliers can find more information by going to the SecureEnergy website and accessing the Supplier Information Guide:

Transgrid media contact:

Michelle Stone 0438 293 917