Project EnergyConnect has made progress this week with TransGrid announcing a 50/50 joint venture between Clough and Elecnor as the winning contractors for a $1.9 billion contract.
The EnergyConnect project is a proposed transmission line between Robertstown in South Australia to Wagga Wagga in NSW and an added connection in Red Cliffs, Victoria. ElectraNet and TransGrid will jointly fund this transmission line.
Elecnor and Clough will be responsible for delivering the engineering, procurement and construction of the New South Wales TransGrid portion which includes four substations and roughly 700km or 330kV transmission line.
Once complete, the new transmission line with support 5.3GW of power generated by 30 wind and solar projects that are planned for development across South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
Details of the EnergyConnect project include a 330kV transmission line starting from the Robertstown substation to a proposed new substation at Bundey. The new 330kV double circuit HVAC transmission line from Bundey substation will then continue to Burongana and finally on to Darlington Point.
Elecnor Australia’s managing director, Joseph de Pedro said of the project: “Secure Energy entering the Power Transmission sector in Australia represents a big milestone for the industry and will help in bringing more innovation and know-how to the market as well as upskilling the Australian workforce to support the upcoming electricity network transformation.”
Clough’s CEO and managing director, Peter Bennet also commented on how monumental the project would be.
“The Australian energy sector is undergoing development of the infrastructure that will sustain it through the future growth of our nation.
“Clough is extremely proud to be selected for this project and to continue to be part of the Energy portfolio,” Mr Bennet said.
The NSW government also strongly supports this development which has been declared a Critical State significant project (CSSI).
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