Several mining proponents are proposing to develop large-scale coal mines in the Galilee Basin region, which will result in a substantial increase in electricity demand. To meet this potential growth, Powerlink is proposing to extend its existing network into the region via two stages.
Stage 1: Powerlink is proposing to acquire a suitable site for a 'hub' substation 50km north of Alpha (to be known as Surbiton Hill Substation). An easement is also required for a proposed 275kV transmission line that will run between the Surbiton Hill Substation and Powerlink's existing Lilyvale Substation near Emerald.
Stage 2: Powerlink is proposing to acquire easements for two new 132kV transmission lines; one between the proposed Surbiton Hill Substation and Kevin's Corner Mine, and one between the proposed Surbiton Hill Substation and the Alpha Mine.
Powerlink is proposing to extend its existing network into the Galilee Basin with all project timings being subject to mining investment decisions. To date, Powerlink has resumed a small number of land parcels for the Galilee Basin Transmission Project. Powerlink will seek to resume the balance of easements for both stages of the project in late 2013, subject to mining investment decisions. For a full list of anticipated project timings please see the tables below. Powerlink will continue to keep local residents informed throughout the project and we thank landowners and other key stakeholders for their cooperation and input thus far. Further information about the project can be downloaded from the Newsletters and notices page below.
Powerlink has completed environmental investigations for both stages of the project. This included consultation with affected landholders and stakeholders, and the preparation of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) with two separate Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for Stage 1 and Stage 2. Ministerial ‘community infrastructure’ designation, which is a planning approval process under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and a necessary step for the project to proceed, was recently received for Stage 1 of the project. Designation will be sought for Stage 2 of the project in 2013. As part of the designation process, Powerlink seeks submissions on the proposed Ministerial designation from directly-affected landowners and other stakeholders. Submissions received are considered and responded to individually and a copy of each submission and response will be provided to the Minister responsible for considering the designation application.
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