Work is underway on the Queensland NSW Interconnector (QNI), which is expected to create 155 jobs for the state’s north-west and provide an economic boost to Tamworth and other towns in the region.
The project by TransGrid will increase the transfer of electricity between the states and provide customers with access to reliable, lowest cost electricity.
“QNI involves upgrades to substations, transmission towers and lines, is expected to provide net benefits of $170 million* to electricity customers and producers and create about 155 jobs during construction,” executive manager major projects Sean McGoldrick said.
Preliminary works have been carried out in Tamworth, Scone, Dumeresq and Armidale since the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) announced final approval of the project in April this year.
The Queensland NSW Interconnector project has been fast tracked with the support of the Federal and NSW Governments which provided a joint agreement to facilitate the upgrade.
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Works will include the installation of innovative technology called static volt amp reactive compensators (SVCs) which will strengthen the system by providing greater voltage stability and regulation.
TransGrid teams have started working on the upgrades which include the replacement of transmission towers with twin pole structures along the existing transmission lines, strengthening existing towers and transmission line insulator works.