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HumeLink will connect Wagga Wagga, Bannaby and Maragle in regional New South Wales, and will significantly increase the capacity of the electricity network in Australia’s eastern states.
It is one of the state’s largest energy infrastructure projects, with about 385km of proposed new transmission lines and a range of other new and upgraded infrastructure.
The UGL and CPB Contractors joint venture will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the western portion of HumeLink, including 148km of 500kV transmission lines, from the Snowy 2.0 connection at Maragle to Wagga Wagga.
The joint venture will also construct two new 500kV substations at Gugaa and Maragle and an augmentation at Transgrid’s existing Wagga Wagga 330kV substation.
The HumeLink contracts are structured in two stages, with early works to begin immediately and finish in mid-2024, including detailed design, investigations, procurement and project mobilisation.
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The second stage comprises main construction works and will begin after all project approvals have been granted and the final investment decision made, expected to occur in mid-2024.