Work begins on Queensland’s CopperString 2032

Members of Parliament and executives wearing safety fear and hard hats at sod turning event

Powerlink Queensland’s CopperString 2032 project is officially underway, as construction commences on North Queensland’s largest regional development project.

CopperString is a 840km high-voltage transmission line that will help unlock world-class renewable resources and critical minerals in the Sunshine State.

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Work on the high-voltage transmission line is due to commence mid-2025 from Hughenden, travelling west towards Mount Isa. Once complete, work will then commence on the Eastern portion of the line from Hughenden back to Townsville.

Since acquiring the project, Powerlink Queensland has powered on with progress and recently announced the purchase of significant equipment critical to the delivery of the project, including shunt reactors, transformers and high voltage powerline.

A 100-strong project team has also been established, alongside joint venture partners UGL and CPB Contractors, with all detailed design on the transmission corridor well underway.

Map showing CopperString transmission line route

Commencing later this month, Powerlink will be offering free sessions for businesses along the CopperString corridor to build their capabilities.

The program includes five workshops and one-on-one assistance to help businesses build confidence to bid on major projects and supply chain work in the region.

Powerlink CEO Paul Simshauser said, “CopperString will be calling Hughenden home for the next five years.

“This is a significant milestone for this project marked at a historic ceremony in Hughenden today, and is testament to more than twelve months of hard work to get the project to this stage by the CopperString project team.

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“It was a personal highlight to see the meaning of being back on Country to the Yirendali People, a clear indication that our team are committed to respecting local communities and building a lasting legacy for generations.

“We are proud to be building the future of North Queensland, starting right here in Hughenden.”

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