Far North NSW Project – Dumaresq to Lismore transmission line cancellation

In the early 2000s the transmission networks supplying the NSW Far North Coast and the Gold Coast area of Queensland were identified as approaching the limits of their capacity. Since that time, TransGrid has been working with energy suppliers in the region to ensure the reliability and security of supply.


Between 2007 – 2013 the development of a new transmission line was proposed and preparation began for construction. A change in area forecasts resulted in the cancellation of this build program in October 2013.

The 2013 Transmission Annual Planning Review has estimated that the transmission networks in Far North NSW are likely to require an upgrade in the 2020's, however this may be later if Directlink, part of a high voltage connection from Queensland, can be relied upon and load growth remains subdued. 

In November 2013, TransGrid consulted with the far north community on how best to close the easement acquisition process. Over four weeks TransGrid consulted with the community and landowners by email, phone, face to face and through Have Your Say. A phone survey was also completed with landowners along the proposed corridor. As a result of this consultation TransGrid was able to provide final options to landowners along the corridor which were specific to individual landowner circumstances.

A report on this consultation is available here

 

Background Far North NSW Project


In the early 2000s the transmission networks supplying the NSW Far North Coast and the Gold Coast area of Queensland were identified as approaching the limits of their capacity. To meet the growing demand within these areas, joint planning began between energy suppliers in the region.

One of the projects proposed from that joint planning process, was construction of a Dumaresq – Lismore 330 kV line. Over the last four years, this line has been in the research and development phase, including identifying a preferred corridor and acquiring the easement.

Earlier this year, TransGrid committed to undertake a review of the Far North NSW Project. Based on the results of the supply forecasting, TransGrid has stopped its build program on the NSW Dumaresq to Lismore transmission line.

For archived information on the Far North NSW Project please click here.

 

Why TransGrid cancelled the build program

Earlier this year, TransGrid committed to undertake a review of the Far North NSW Project. Based on the results of the supply forecasting, TransGrid has stopped its build program on the NSW Dumaresq to Lismore transmission line.

TransGrid undertakes a transmission forecasting review each year when new electricity forecasts are received from distributors and the Australian Energy Market Operator. We use the most up-to-date data to ensure projects happen when they are needed, and not before.

The proposed Far North NSW Project is now not expected to be required until the early 2020s, and therefore, TransGrid has decided to cease all aspects of the build program and is seeking to close off the easement process.

The cancellation of the build program will have no impact on electricity supply, and TransGrid's planning processes will continually review forecasts to ensure a secure supply of energy to the State.


Key actions:

  • Cancellation of the build program
  • Discontinue preliminary work including environmental assessments
  • Consult with the community on how best to close off the easement acquisition process
  • Continue to work with DirectLink, part of a high voltage connection from Queensland, and other proponents of non-network solutions to look at opportunities to manage future energy needs.
TransGrid has not taken this decision lightly, and we recognise that the timing of this decision and work completed to date, has had an impact on people living near the p roposed transmission line. Therefore, we are currently seeking input from the community on how to close off the easement acquisition process.

Related Documents

Final Report Proposed Transmission Line
Build Cancellation Information
Preferred Corridor east
Preferred Corridor west
Community Letter