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Overview

Powerlink has been engaged by Genex Power Limited (Genex) to undertake a range of activities to investigate a potential 275kV high voltage electricity transmission line connection and associated substations to connect Genex's renewable energy generation project at Kidston to the national electricity grid.

The proposed Genex Renewable Energy Hub includes establishing a combination hydro pump storage and solar power generation facility at Kidston, approximately 270km north-west of Townsville. Visit www.genexpower.com.au for more information.

Powerlink has released the Draft Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) for the proposed connection project. The report was developed following comprehensive engagement with landholders and other stakeholders to understand likely property impacts and identify mitigation measures, as well as undertaking environmental and technical assessments.

The Draft EAR identifies the draft alignment for the proposed transmission line and proposed locations for the substation sites. This alignment is predominantly co-located with existing Ergon Energy powerlines where possible.

The report assesses the potential social, environmental and economic impacts of the proposed transmission line and substations, and outlines how those impacts will be managed or mitigated. It concludes that, based on the studies undertaken to date, provided Powerlink implements the recommendations outlined in the Draft EAR and associated Draft Environmental Management Plans, there are no social, environmental or economic factors that would prevent the connection project from proceeding.

The next stage of Genex’s renewable generation project is in advanced development and a final decision on the project is expected in the coming months. Powerlink continues to work with Genex to support their project planning activities and keep landholders and other stakeholders informed as more information becomes available. If the project proceeds, other activities such as planning approval, easement acquisition and construction will involve additional engagement and consultation opportunities for landholders and other stakeholders.

Status

The Draft EAR for the Genex Kidston Connection Project was released on 28 September 2018. The public consultation period for the Draft EAR concluded on 2 November 2018.

In accordance with the Planning Act 2016, public submissions on the Draft EAR were required to be lodged to the Planning Minister via the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning. Powerlink thanks landholders and other stakeholders for their feedback on the Draft EAR, including those who made submissions on the report and attended our community information drop-in sessions.

All submissions received have been electronically acknowledged by DSDMIP and provided to Powerlink for consideration. Powerlink will prepare an individual response to each submission. A summary of all submissions and how those issues have been addressed will be included in the Final EAR which is expected to be finalised in early to mid 2019. The Final EAR will then be submitted to the Planning Minister for a detailed assessment. For more information on Powerlink’s planning approval activities, view our Network development process fact sheet.

A copy of the Draft EAR is available on this webpage. If you would prefer to be sent an electronic version or a hard copy, please contact Powerlink on FREECALL 1800 635 369.

We appreciate the ongoing cooperation of landholders and other stakeholders, and will continue to work together as the proposed connection project progresses.

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