EnergyConnect Powers On: New Transmission Backbone Nears Completion Across Australia

Home » Projects » EnergyConnect Powers On: New Transmission Backbone Nears Completion Across Australia

EnergyConnect is an ambitious electrical highway in the making. Spanning 900km across southeast Australia, this interstate mega project promises to supercharge our national grid. Picture massive pylons marching across dusty plains, tiny cars passing under a lacework of high-voltage lines. EnergyConnect’s finish line is now in sight.

See, the forward-thinking folks at ElectraNet just wired up the final piece of EnergyConnect’s 206km South Australian stretch. Their portion runs from Robertstown down to the New South Wales border. And it includes SA’s first ever 330 kV substation. This critical station at Bundey will funnel cleaner energy between states when complete.

Also Read: Cohuna Solar Farm Back in Business After Safety Upgrades

Powering Up the Grid: EnergyConnect Nears Completion

But there’s more to this project than infrastructure alone. EnergyConnect also unlocks a brighter future for renewable power. Its 800MW capacity will let South Australia export far more solar, wind and battery-stored energy interstate. Enough to power 1.5 million Aussie homes! And get this – the project has already attracted over 2 gigawatts of new clean generation proposals too!

With EnergyConnect sending that clean energy far and wide, we can bid dirty old fossil fuels farewell. And South Australians can cash in on these pollution-free power transfers as well. Officials estimate annual savings up to $127 per household when this interconnected grid switches on fully. Cha-ching!

Now the baton passes to our friends in New South Wales. Transgrid is building EnergyConnect’s centrepiece there – the Buronga converter station packed with smart tech. Their work is right on track, with construction progressing smoothly.

And the Buronga station will house two high-tech synchronous condensers, like giant batteries to stabilize voltages. These two components alone occupy a huge 1,200 square meter machine hall – a testament to the project’s immense scale. After 12 months of testing, they’ll help balance supply and demand across the three state grid.

Before long, this three state team-up will start re-wiring Australia’s energy economy from the ground up. The project already has over 450 steel lattice towers complete in NSW alone. Crews have strung roughly 2 million meters of wire halfway through the route, working efficiently despite the vast distances involved.

The future, it seems, will be both clean AND interconnected thanks to ambitious projects like EnergyConnect! South Australia’s leadership in renewable exports will also continue thanks to the project’s capacity and promising generator connections. So while more work remains in NSW, the finish line for this new energy backbone across SE Australia is clearly within reach.