TransGrid is moving to build a new telecommunications link at Simpkins Creek in northern New South Wales to meet compliance obligations.
The owner and operator of the state’s high-voltage electricity transmission network said the work was necessary to meet the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) requirements to maintain a reliable telecommunications link as a secondary support system.
A temporary system is currently in place. AEMO requires TransGrid to operate and maintain telecommunications that will protect and gather data from substations, equipment and transmission lines remotely.
TransGrid is establishing six telecommunication sites in northern NSW to replace the current temporary system.
Construction is due to begin in June this year and be completed in July 2015.
Once built, the telecommunication sites will link from TransGrid’s Dumaresq switching station near Dumaresq Valley through to an existing telecommunications pole in South Gundurimba.
“TransGrid’s telecommunications infrastructure is essential to the provision of a safe, reliable and efficient high-voltage electricity network right across the state of NSW,” TransGrid community relations manager Laura Stewart said.
Ms Stewart said confirmation of sites only proceeds after a comprehensive identification and evaluation process.
“A site is only selected following our strict community engagement and consultation process in order to minimise any direct or aesthetic impact on the broader community and the environment,” she said.
The Simpkins Creek site is within crown land. However, a request is in place to have the ownership of that land transferred to Kyogle Council.
TransGrid has been liaising with the crown and the council, which have both expressed support for the project proceeding on the site.