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The Powerlink-led CopperString 2032 project, formerly known as CopperString 2.0, initially involves building 840 kilometres (km) of new electricity transmission line from just south of Townsville in the Burdekin region to Mount Isa that will connect Queensland’s North West Minerals Province to the National Electricity Market for the first time in Australia’s history. Approximately 200km of additional transmission line will be required to connect new renewable generators to CopperString 2032.

The overall expanded project has a budget of $5 billion and includes:

  • 500 kilovolt (kV) transmission line from just south of Townsville to Hughenden
  • 330kV transmission line from Hughenden to Cloncurry
  • 220kV transmission line from Cloncurry to Mount Isa
  • up to six new substation sites
  • workforce accommodation and facilities in strategic locations along the corridor.

In October 2023, the Queensland Government announced $1.3 billion to advance the construction of CopperString 2032. This funding will help get the project ready for construction to commence in mid-2024. 

The project is expected to be completed by 2029.

Get involved

Powerlink is committed to ongoing genuine and timely engagement to ensure we deliver positive outcomes for landholders, local communities, other stakeholders and the environment where our transmission infrastructure is located. 

We will promote opportunities for participation ahead of time and encourage local communities to get involved as the project progresses. 

Share your views with Powerlink via our feedback form


The CopperString 2032 project team hosted a business community breakfast with the Hughenden Chamber of Commerce on 19 March and community information drop-in sessions at the Diggers Entertainment Centre in Hughenden on 19 and 20 March 2024. 

Thank you to everyone who dropped in to learn more about the proposed Hughenden workforce accommodation and facilities, next steps and how to get involved. 

If you were unable to attend or would like more information, please contact us on 1800 635 369 or email [email protected]

Hughenden community info session

Local supplier opportunities 

Powerlink values the relationship CopperString 2032 has with local and Indigenous suppliers and will work with our construction contractor, UGL CPB Contractors Joint Venture, to ensure full, fair and reasonable opportunities are made available on the project. 

In late 2023 Powerlink held two engagement roadshows along the project corridor including a series of presentations aimed at local and Indigenous suppliers.  

Industry briefings took place in Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Richmond, Hughenden, Charters Towers, Ayr and Townsville. More than 600 people attended to learn how they could potentially be involved in the project. 

In addition, the project team began testing supplier capability and capacity in late 2023. This process started with opening 50 works packages on Industry Capability Network (ICN) Gateway and encouraging Expressions of Interest (EOI) during October and November. We received approximately 450 EOIs during this time. 

Supplier information was also gathered in January and February 2024 to further develop our understanding of the local market, including capability and capacity. 

Thank you to the suppliers who registered their interest and were entered into the CopperString 2032 supplier register. 

This register will be used to share information about project procurement, upcoming opportunities and how to develop business capability and capacity.  

Please note our current formal EOI period has closed, and supplier details have been provided to UGL CPB Contractors Joint Venture to assist with project estimations and planning supplier opportunities. 

We expect to host additional supplier information sessions and will promote opportunities for businesses to register their interest in the coming months, if they haven’t already done so.  

In the meantime, please send your business details and any relevant information such as capability statements by clicking on the link below. 

Register Local & Indigenous Supplier Interest

Powerlink strongly encourages local businesses, Indigenous enterprises and social ventures to apply. 

All businesses will need to undergo a prequalification process to be considered for procurement. 

For more information about the project's Australian Industry Participation Plan please contact us via 1800 635 369 or email [email protected].


We are continuing to work alongside the Queensland and Australian governments to progress project approvals and have submitted an application to the Queensland Coordinator-General to change the location of the previously evaluated workforce accommodation and facilities in Hughenden.

This involves relocating the site from north of Hughenden on Flynn Street to south of Hughenden on the Flinders Highway. Both sites are Queensland Government owned and held in trust by Flinders Shire Council.

The new workforce accommodation and facilities are proposed to typically accommodate between 400-450 people (with a periodic peak of 550) and will include the workforce required to build the Flinders Substation and transmission line. 

The Queensland Coordinator-General invited comments on our application for project change between Monday 18 March 2024 and Friday 12 April 2024.  

More information can be found online at

The transmission line from south of Townsville to Hughenden is now planned to be constructed at 500kV instead of 330kV. This will allow increased access to renewable generation in the Flinders Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) which has the potential to be one of the largest REZs in Australia.   

This connection forms part of the Queensland SuperGrid which will allow a planned and cohesive approach to the transition to renewable energy within Queensland and forms part of the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan.  


Since Powerlink took over the project in March 2023, the transmission line design and supporting infrastructure have been refined. As a result, the project’s existing environmental approvals may need to be reviewed.

Significant work is currently underway to support the project’s final statutory approvals.

We anticipate preparatory infrastructure, including workforce accommodation and facilities in Hughenden and Richmond, will be assessed by the Queensland Coordinator-General and progressed under a works regulation amendment.

This will be followed by Queensland and Australian Government assessment of the transmission infrastructure and remaining workforce accommodation and facilities.

Following statutory approvals, it is expected that additional planning and approvals for the delivery of CopperString 2032 will proceed via the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Public Works under the Ministerial Infrastructure Designation (MID) process. This process is managed by the Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works with input from other government agencies.   

We expect to lodge several MID proposals and have undertaken preliminary engagement with impacted landholders, communities and other stakeholders to ensure anyone with an interest in the project is given an opportunity to provide initial feedback before proposals are lodged.   

Following lodgement of each MID proposal, the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning and Minister for Public Works will initiate consultation by writing to relevant local governments and impacted landholders to invite submissions.   

During this time, Powerlink will also undertake public consultation with landholders, community members and other key stakeholders to share project information and how to make a submission to the Department of Housing, Local Government, Planning and Public Works.  

Early works 

Powerlink signed off on a $20 million early works package with CIMIC Group companies UGL and CPB Contractors in June 2023.  

This package is focused on progressing the project’s detailed engineering design, field and geotechnical surveys and geotechnical works.

At the same time, work is continuing on field and geotechnical investigations, cultural heritage and ecological surveys, stakeholder engagement and landholder consultation.

Project background

To date, work has focused on progressing transmission line design, statutory approvals and engagement with landholders and other key stakeholders along the proposed alignment.

The project was declared a ‘coordinated project’ by the Queensland Coordinator-General in April 2019 under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 and a controlled action under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in May 2019.

An Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) contract for the project was awarded to UGL and CPB Contractors in March 2021 following public consultation on the project’s draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) between December 2020 and February 2021.

The ECI phase of the project includes scoping, designing, site investigations and pricing.

The project’s EIS was approved to proceed, with conditions, by the Queensland Coordinator-General in September 2022 and referred to the Australian Government for approval.

A delegate for the Australian Minister for the Environment and Water approved the ‘CopperString Transmission Line Project’ as a controlled action under the EPBC Act subject to conditions in November 2022.

Powerlink took ownership of the project from Townsville-based CuString Pty Ltd in March 2023 and is now leading delivery of the project to completion.



Transmission Lines




In Progress


CopperString 2032 Timeline


Concept assessment


Reference design


Statutory approvals CopperString 2.0


Detailed design, early works and additional statutory approvals CopperString 2032 (expanded project)




Connect to National Electricity Market

from 2029


Full timeline


Ian Lowry

Ian Lowry

Executive GM Major Projects
1800 635 369

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