The Project is building the transmission infrastructure that will enable Snowy 2.0 to deliver electricity to Australian consumers. It will do this by connecting Snowy 2.0 into the NSW electricity grid and the National Energy Market (NEM). This connection means that the renewable energy (up to 2,000 megawatts) been generated and stored can be distributed within minutes when it is most needed.
The Snowy 2.0 Transmission Connection project (STCP) will connect the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project into the National Electricity Market.
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The project includes the construction of 9km of new high voltage transmission lines which will span the Tumut River and a switching station located in the Bago State Forest. The project team will construct and upgrade access tracks to the new switching station and transmission line structures, as required.
Categorised as Critical State Significant infrastructure (CSSI), the STCP is subject to planning and environmental regulations, and required approval from both the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.
The project is a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC) and was assessed under the bilateral agreement process between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.
We recognise that this project is challenging due to its location in the Kosciuszko National Park. We will work closely with industry and community stakeholders to minimise disruption and impact. We are proud to be working with our delivery partners and the Snowy Valleys community to enable landmark reform in the way renewable energy is harnessed for Australian energy consumers.
Transgrid has been engaged by Lumea as our delivery partner for the design, planning, approvals and construction of the STCP.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was required to assess the project’s expected impacts on land, water, air, flora and fauna biodiversity, heritage, amenity, transport and other social, environmental and economic factors. Following public exhibition, the EIS received submissions which led to modifications to further minimise project impacts.