Upgrading the Queensland-NSW Interconnector (QNI) will boost interstate transmission capacity and increase power flow on existing lines. This will make it easier and more efficient to share power generation across the National Energy Market, which will help put downward pressure on customer bills.
It will also enhance network reliability ahead of the forecast closure of Liddell power station in 2023.
The project has been identified as a priority by both the Australian Energy Market Operator in the 2020 Integrated System Plan and by the State Government in the NSW Transmission Infrastructure Strategy.
Please see below for an indicative list of key dates for the project:
Read the project factsheets to learn more about QNI:
QNI project progress
fact sheet – January 2021 QNI project overview fact sheet - March 2021QNI construction fact sheet - July 2020QNI Tamworth substation fact sheet - July 2020
The project approval timeline is outlined below:
RIT-T Project Specification Consultation Report (PSCR) published - The PSCR detailed the need to increase the existing Queensland to New South Wales interconnector capacity and described the credible options to meet the need, including technical characteristics.
Preliminary investigations and project scoping.
RIT-T Project Assessment Draft Report (PADR) published - The PADR outlined how we addressed the issues raised in submissions to the PSCR and explained the basis on which the preferred option at the draft stage was selected.
RIT-T Project Assessment Conclusions Report (PACR) published - The PACR addresses PADR consultation responses and determines the final preferred option.
Announcement of joint-underwriting of up to $102 million to support the construction upgrade of the NSW–Queensland Interconnector (QNI) by TransGrid.Detailed design and site investigations.
Australian Energy Regulator (AER) RIT-T determination (March 2020).Regulator approval of Contingent Project Application (CPA) (April 2020).