Transmission authority for $1.7b power project
CuString managing director Joseph O’Brien said the approval was a major project milestone and a huge achievement for a local Townsville business.
“This transmission authority authorises CuString to operate a transmission grid in Queensland, including the connection of the transmission grid to another transmission network, to mines, industrial facilities and power stations,’’ Mr O’Brien said.
“This backbone infrastructure will power North and North West Queensland’s staggering economic potential which is linked to electrification and decarbonisation of the world’s economy.
“The unstoppable energy transition underway across the globe plays right into the hands of North and North West Queensland because of our immense mineral and clean energy resources, and our existing capability to produce and export these commodities.”
The CopperString project consists of a 740km overhead high voltage electricity transmission line stretching from a new sub-station at Woodstock, south of Townsville, to the Chumvale sub-station, near Cloncurry.
Subject to demand, the project may extend west to Mount Isa, with spur lines south and north to mines and renewable energy facilities.
It is expected to create about 750 new full time jobs in construction alone.
Mr O’Brien the transmission authority, administered by the Department of Energy and Public Works under the Electricity Act, was not the final approval required for the project.
He said the CopperString team was continuing to work with State and Federal governments, major minerals businesses, clean energy projects, and the Northern Queensland community to prepare the project for construction.
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