Overview

The Victoria to NSW Interconnector West – known as VNI West – is a proposed new 500 kV double circuit transmission line connecting the high voltage electricity grids in New South Wales and Victoria.

VNI West is being jointly developed with Transmission Company Victoria (TCV) and will connect major projects EnergyConnect in NSW and Western Renewables Link in Victoria. The preferred option runs from Transgrid’s Dinawan substation north of Jerilderie in NSW to new substations proposed near Kerang and Bulgana in Victoria.

Why is the project needed?

Network congestion is increasing in some areas of NSW and Victoria – so is the energy system’s reliance on the benefits of interconnection between regions. Well-targeted and timely investment in the transmission network is needed to keep pace with these changes and provide consumers with the most cost-effective energy outcomes - while maintaining reliability and security.

VNI West is a core component and priority project in the Australian Energy Market Operator's (AEMO) 2022 Intergrated System Plan, which confirms the need for both short- and longer-term investment, to increase the transfer capacity between states in the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Project benefits

Projects such as VNI West represent once-in-a-generation opportunities to re-shape the NSW and Victorian transmission networks in a way that delivers the best possible value to electricity customers over the long term.

The project will:

  • increase in the capacity to share electricity between NSW and Victoria
  • improve the reliability and security of electricity supply in both states
  • increase access to renewable energy sources
  • create an economic boost for regional communities through the provision of jobs, training and local supply opportunities
  • help achieve renewable energy targets and the overall decarbonisation of the National Electricity Market (NEM), while continuing to deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity to consumers

See the VNI West Factsheet for additional information

Project status

Draft Route Report for VNI West

Transgrid has published its Draft Route Report for VNI West of 29 January 2024.

This report details how and why the preferred route was selected, and other route options considered. Transgrid has published the report to give you the opportunity to review the preferred route and provide feedback.  We want to hear about any community, environmental and technical issues you think we should consider before we finalise the route.

Written submissions can be made via email to vniw@transgrid.com.au until 5pm on 4 March 2024

Project Determination

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) released on 16 October 2023 its determination of a dispute lodged in response to the Project Assessment Conclusions Report (PACR).

After considering the dispute, the AER determined that there was no basis to require Transgrid and AEMO Victorian Planning to amend the VNI West PACR, and therefore confirms the Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T).

You can read the AER's determination response on its website and continue reading below for information relating to the RIT-T and PACR.

VNI West Interactive Map

This interactive map shows the recommended preferred route for VNI West along with some of the key constraints considered during the preparation of the Draft Route Report. Constraint layers can be turned on or off using the map menu. This includes highly constrained areas which need to be avoided, along with additional technical, environmental and social constraints which have been considered.

Community Information Sessions

Transgrid is currently consulting on the Draft Route Report throughout February 2024. Thank you to the community members and landholders who attended the community meetings on 7 - 9 February. The scheduled is:
Barham Wednesday 14 February 10am - 4pm CluBarham
Barham Tuesday 27 February 3pm - 6pm CluBarham
Conargo Wednesday 14 February 8.30am - 12noon Conargo Hall
Conargo Thursday 29 February 8.30am - 11am Conargo Hall
Deniliquin Tuesday 13 February 10am - 4pm Deniliquin RSL
Deniliquin Friday 1 March - Sunday 3 March Deniliquin Show
Jerilderie Thursday 15 February 10am - 4pm Jerilderie Sports Club
Jerilderie Saturday 2 March Jerilderie Fun Fair
Moulamein Tuesday 13 February 10am - 4pm Moulamein Bowling Club
Moulamein Wednesday 28 February 10am - 4pm Moulamein Bowling Club
Wanganella Thursday 15 February 8.30am - 12noon Wanganella Hall
Wanganella Thursday 29 February 3pm - 5pm Wanganella Hall
If you have any questions regarding the schedule, please email the project team at vniw@transgrid.com.au.

Community and landowner information

Route development

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Fact sheets

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Landowner guidelines

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VNI West Community Consultative Group (CCG)

Transgrid has established a Community Consultative Group (CCG) to provide a forum for community members, stakeholders and local councils to seek information from Transgrid and to provide feedback to inform corridor refinement and the subsequent Environmental Assessment process.

The purpose of the group is to:

  • provide a forum for open and constructive discussions about the VNI West project
  • help Transgrid better understand community perspectives and issues related to the project
  • work with Transgrid to develop ideas for community benefits and project legacy.

The upcoming meeting schedule is provided below.

Meeting

Timing 

Meeting 4

20 March 2024

Meeting 5

5 June 2024

Meeting 6

28 August 2024

Meeting 7

27 November 2024

Agendas and minutes will be published after each meeting. The CCG will operate under the Terms of Reference and Code of Conduct.

 

CCG Resources

Meeting 3 - 31 January 2024

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Meeting 2 - 13 December 2023

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Meeting 1 - 01 November 2023

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Contact us

For information and updates on the VNI West project in NSW, contact Transgrid via email VNIW@transgrid.com.au or call 1800 955 588.

For information relating to the VNI West project in Victoria, please visit the Transmission Company Victoria webpage or email enquiries@transmissionvictoria.com.au

Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T)

The RIT-T is an economic cost-benefit test conducted early on in a transmission project, to determine if it will deliver economic benefits to electricity consumers. 
As part of the RIT -T process, a preferred option must be identified that maximises the net market benefits for consumers while meeting the power system needs. 
This preferred option establishes the broad area of interest for the project, including locations for connecting the project into the existing network. 
Assessment under the RIT-T is required prior to completing route identification, and planning and approvals processes. 
The RIT-T consultation process involves the publication of three reports, which are available below along with an additional Consultation Report published in February:
To view submissions to the PSCR, PADR and Additional Consultation report, visit the stakeholder consultation section on the AEMO project page
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) published its determination of a dispute regarding the application of the RIT-T on 16 October 2023.

 

VNI West

29 January 2024

Communities and landowners encouraged to review short-listed routes for major transmission project VNI West

Transgrid is encouraging communities and landowners in the state’s Murray River region to review the preferred route for the new interconnector project VNI West, which once completed, will accelerate the energy transition and greatly increase the sharing of cheaper, renewable electricity for millions of Australians.

VNI West

21 July 2023

Transgrid extends community feedback period for major transmission project

Following feedback from community and landowners, Transgrid has extended the consultation period about the Draft Corridor Report for the Victoria to NSW Interconnector West project (VNI West).

VNI West

29 May 2023

Final regulatory report signals beginning of route refinement

AEMO Victorian Planning (AVP) and Transgrid have [today] released the final report in the regulatory investment test for the Victoria – New South Wales Interconnector West (VNI West). This marks the end of this part of theregulatory process that began in 2019, involving hundreds of stakeholders and more than 600 written submissions.