Final EIS released for northern Bowen Basin project

Powerlink has released the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for its proposed northern Bowen Basin transmission line and substations project.

The Queensland transmission company is proposing to develop two new substations at Moorvale and Peak Downs, a transmission line between Nebo, Moorvale South and Ergon Energy’s proposed new Broadlea substation, and a transmission line between Moorvale South and Peak Downs North.

Powerlink chief executive Merryn York said the developments were required to upgrade the existing high-voltage electricity network and to ensure the ongoing supply of electricity to the growing Northern Bowen Basin region.

“Specialist environmental consultant GHD completed the final EIS report following the detailed consideration of 10 submissions received on the draft EIS report,” Ms York said.

“The final EIS concludes that, provided Powerlink implements the recommendations outlined in the report and the associated final environmental management plan (EMP), there are no environmental, social or economic factors preventing the project from proceeding.”

The report identifies the final substation locations at Moorvale South and Peak Downs North, as well as the alignment for the new transmission lines, and identifies any potential environmental, social and economic impacts and outlines how these impacts will be managed and/or mitigated.

Powerlink will now begin the next stage of its government-approved process under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 which involves further consultation with interested stakeholders. Powerlink will also soon begin the process of land resumption in accordance with the Acquisition of Land Act 1967.