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

The Genex Clean Energy Hub includes establishing a combination hydro pumped storage and solar power generation facility at Kidston, approximately 270km north-west of Townsville. Visit for more information.

Local supplier opportunities 

The Genex Kidston Connection project team will be in North Queensland chatting to potential sub-contractors about the new high-voltage transmission line. Representatives from Powerlink and principal contractor UGL will be in attendance.

Each session will be an informal drop in, providing businesses the opportunity to meet the project team and ask questions about bidding for work on the project.

Sub-contracting opportunities on the project include vegetation and access works, machine and equipment hire, cleaning services, waste management and recycling, and much more. 

Session details are as follows: 

Charters Towers 
Wednesday 13 October 2021 
4:30pm – 6:30pm 
The Feedlot Eatery 
Dalrymple Trade Training Centre 
11 Macpherson St, Columbia 

Thursday 14 October 2021 
12:00pm – 2:00pm 
TYTO Conference and Events Centre 
73/75 Mcilwraith St, Ingham 

Friday 15 October 2021 
7:30am – 9:30am 
Hotel Grand Chancellor 
334 Flinders St, Townsville 


Powerlink is dedicated to working with principal contractor UGL to maximise local employment and procurement opportunities wherever possible for the Genex Kidston connection project.

On Monday 9 August 2021 Powerlink and UGL jointly hosted an online briefing for potential local subcontractors to learn more about the project and subcontracting opportunities for local businesses.

Businesses from the Hinchinbrook, Etheridge, Charters Towers and Townsville region were encouraged to attend. 

The presentation and recording are available below for those who missed the briefing.


Following execution of a Connection and Access Agreement in March 2021, Powerlink has now received the project’s 'Notice to Proceed'. This signalled the re-commencement of activities to formally progress the connection project, which includes working with landholders and other stakeholders to finalise a range of planning approval processes. Powerlink has reactivated project planning activities, including engaging with landholders and other stakeholders about next steps, and identifying remaining technical, environmental and cultural heritage assessment work to take place.

Our commitment to seeking planning approval for the proposed project under Infrastructure Designation remains unchanged (as per the Planning Act 2016). No decision will be made about the final route for the proposed transmission line and switching station location at Mt Fox until a comprehensive impact assessment process and associated consultation is finalised, and planning approval is granted by the Planning Minister. Activities such as planning approval, easement acquisition and construction will involve additional engagement and consultation opportunities for landholders and other stakeholders.


The Draft EAR for the Genex Kidston Connection Project was released in September 2018. The report was developed following comprehensive engagement with landholders and other stakeholders at the time to understand likely property impacts and identify mitigation measures, as well as undertaking environmental and technical assessments. 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 public consultation period for the Draft EAR concluded in November 2018.

In accordance with Infrastructure Designation requirements under the Planning Act 2016 at the time, public submissions on the Draft EAR were required to be lodged to the Planning Minister. 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.

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

Since Draft EAR release, there have been some changes made to specific steps within the Infrastructure Designation process. Powerlink is working with the Department of State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning to understand these changes and impacts on our planning and approvals process. We remain committed to working closely with landholders and other stakeholders as this proposed connection project progresses to ensure appropriate consultation opportunities are upheld throughout this process.




In Progress



Draft Environmental Assessment Report - Appendices