The Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles has said he wants to connect Alice Springs to the national electricity grid, and will raise the issue at this week’s First Minister’s Forum in Adelaide.
Mr Giles said the recent South Australian Royal Commission process revealed parts of South Australia and Central Australia could benefit from being part of the national power grid.
“I believe there’s merit in exploring the feasibility of connecting Alice Springs and Coober Pedy to the national grid,” Mr Giles said.
“That would enable gas-fired electricity to be generated closer to known reserves and would encourage the development of solar farms, particularly as solar technology becomes more advanced.”
The NT would work with SA to pursue simpler requirements for mining approvals and transport and access issues in relation to the proposed nuclear waste facility in SA, as reported by NT News.