South Australia to invest $14m to fast-track interconnector

The South Australian Government has announced it will invest up to $14 million to accelerate early works on construction of an interconnector between South Australia and New South Wales.

The newly elected state government proposed an interconnector between the two states in its energy policy released in October last year.

“An interconnector between South Australia and NSW will enable the export of our abundant renewable energy resources across the border while delivering more reliable and affordable electricity to both states,” Premier Steven Marshall said.

“South Australia has been working closely with both the federal government and the NSW government on this nation-building project.

“Recent reports by ElectraNet and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) have strongly endorsed interconnection between South Australia and NSW, putting the annual savings to households at $30 per annum.

“The state government wants to kick start this vital infrastructure project to ensure the people of South Australia enjoy the cheaper and more reliable power as soon as possible.”

The early works package may include immediate commencement of detailed line route and site selection works; coordinated planning approvals across the nation; immediate commencement of environmental and social studies required for planning approval; and a community engagement strategy including consultation.

“An interconnector to NSW closes the loop on South Australia’s connection to the national electricity market bringing cheaper power and greater export opportunities for our renewable energy generators,” Energy Minister Dan van Holst Pellekaan said.

“South Australia currently only has interconnection with Victoria which puts us at the end of the line and vulnerable to the type system failure that occurred in the statewide blackout.”