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ElectraNet and TransGrid are partnering
to deliver an energy interconnector
between the power grids of South
Australia and New South Wales, with an
added connection to Victoria

Current status

Project EnergyConnect forms a central feature of the roadmap for the transition of the power
system developed by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) in its 2020 Integrated
System Plan (ISP). The ISP classifies Project EnergyConnect as an 'actionable ISP project' which
will deliver net market benefits and support energy market transition. ElectraNet and TransGrid
have both lodged their Contingent Project Applications (CPA), or funding applications, with the
Australian Energy Regulator (AER). The CPA is the final step in the project’s regulatory approval

Next Steps

ElectraNet and TransGrid are awaiting the outcome of their Contingent Project
Applications from the AER.

Route refinement, landholder engagement and access discussions are continuing,
along with community and stakeholder engagement, and environmental and planning
assessment processes, in line with relevant COVID-19 restrictions.

What is an interconnector?

An electricity interconnector is a connection that allows power to flow between regions in the
National Energy Market, providing access to a larger number of electricity generators.
Interconnectors are common around the world, including here in Australia. Project EnergyConnect will involve the construction of a new 330 kilovolt (kV) above ground transmission line, with approximately
800MW transfer capacity. Project EnergyConnect will connect South Australia and New South Wales,
with an added connection to north west Victoria.

Enabling the transition of
Australia's energy network
to a greater mix of

The broad route passes though renewable energy zones in South Australia,
New South Wales and Victoria. This means future renewable projects in these areas
will be able to connect to the grid and supply new energy into the network.

Forecast Benefits

If approved, Project EnergyConnect would deliver a range of direct benefits
for consumers in South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria including
lower power prices, improved energy security and increased economic activity.

Opportunities will also be created for regional communities through job
creation and local procurement during construction and in the longer
term as new energy projects come online.

Lower Prices

Energy Security

Increased Economic Activity

Connecting Robertstown in
South Australia and Wagga Wagga
in New South Wales with a
connection to north west Victoria

Approximate total length of 900km

Connecting Robertstown to Wagga Wagga via Buronga
with an added connection to Red Cliffs


Studies are underway to assess environmental, social
and engineering considerations as part of environmental
and planning assessment processes and engineering design.
ElectraNet and TransGrid welcome stakeholder and
community feedback to inform these assessments.

Refining the Route

Ongoing discussions with landholders

As the route is narrowed, we are meeting with
relevant landholders to discuss the proposal.
These discussions will be ongoing as feedback
is collected and the route is further refined.

Environmental and Planning

ElectraNet and TransGrid are progressing with
the required environmental and planning
assessment processes.

Opportunities to participate

There are ongoing opportunities for the community to provide feedback.
Sign up to project updates here.

Current engagement activities


No construction works may begin on Project EnergyConnect until the relevant approvals have been received.

Construction commencing during 2021 is subject to gaining all necessary environmental and development approvals. Construction completion will occur progressively through 2022 to 2023. We continue to look for opportunities to deliver the project as early as possible.

Community and Stakeholder Engagement

The National Electricity Market
(NEM) operates across the eastern
and southern states of Australia,
extending from far north Queensland
to western South Australia





Enabling future renewable energy projects to connect to the electricity grid

The NEM involves wholesale generation that is transported via high voltage transmission lines
from generators to large industrial energy users and to local electricity distributors, who deliver
it to homes and businesses.

Project EnergyConnect is
focused on delivering benefits
for customers, communities
and businesses

We are committed to open and transparent engagement with stakeholders and community members
across all phases of the project. Ongoing updates regarding how stakeholders and community
members can participate will be made available on the Project EnergyConnect website.

Project EnergyConnect will keep stakeholders and the community updated as engagement for the project progresses. This will include opportunities for members of local communities, relevant landholders and other stakeholders to provide input that will be considered during development of the project.

Contact Project EnergyConnect

For SA and general enquiries,
contact ElectraNet
Phone: 1800 560 577

For NSW and Victoria enquiries,
contact TransGrid
Phone: 1800 49 06 66

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