TransGrid welcomes the New South Wales Government declaration of Project EnergyConnect (PEC) as Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI).
29 August 2019
The proposed interconnector will run approximately 900km from Robertstown in South Australia to Wagga Wagga in NSW. PEC will provide energy security to South Australia (SA) and unlock new renewables generation in south-west NSW.
TransGrid’s Chief Executive Paul Italiano says the CSSI classification means the planning approval process in NSW can be expedited to meet delivery deadlines.
“PEC is a very important part of Australia’s energy future,” says Mr Italiano. “Granting CSSI status to this project is a really positive development and a clear indication of how important PEC is to the evolution of the National Energy Market (NEM),” he says.
The interconnector will create a diversified supply path between SA and NSW, which will reduce the impact of outages in extreme weather.
“Any section of the network could break down and you could still have energy flowing around the system. It’s a very significant contribution to the system’s security,” says Mr Italiano.
Project at a glance:
- The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be displayed in the second half of 2020
- Major construction to start by mid 2021
- Robertstown in SA to Buronga in NSW delivered by the end of 2022
- Remaining section from Buronga to Wagga Wagga to be delivered by mid 2023.