Central-West Orana REZ Transmission Link

TransGrid is working with the NSW Government to plan new transmission infrastructure for the development of Australia’s first coordinated Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) in the state’s Central-West Orana region.

Investment in the new infrastructure will allow renewable energy providers from the region to connect to the grid and enable more affordable, reliable and clean energy for New South Wales customers.

The Central-West Orana REZ: 

  • will unlock at least 3,000 megawatts of new electricity capacity by the mid-2020’s and be worth up to $4.4 billion in private sector investment once fully developed
  • is expected to support 450 construction jobs in the local region 
  • will deliver affordable energy to help replace the state’s existing power stations as they retire over the coming decades.

The project builds on the NSW Transmission Infrastructure Strategy, delivers a key element of the NSW Electricity Strategy and supports the implementation of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan.

Construction is expected to start by the end of 2022, following extensive engagement with local communities.

This project will receive funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) as part of ARENA's Advancing Renewables Program. 

To find out more about the Central-West Orana REZ visit https://energy.nsw.gov.au/renewables/renewable-energy-zones 

View the media release here

Community engagement

We will start working with local communities over the coming months to discuss preliminary work, including environmental surveys and route identification.

Community feedback will be used to help plan the route, minimise project impacts and maximise benefits for the project.

Connect with us

To contact the project team, phone 1800 222 537 or email community@transgrid.com.au