Central-West Orana REZ Transmission Project
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Preferred bidder announced
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The proposed transmission project aims to support the delivery of a pilot Renewable Energy Zone (REZ ) in New South Wales's Central-West Orana region.
Transmission lines will run north-west from the existing network near Merriwa, passing south of Dunedoo before connecting to the existing network east of Wellington. The project also includes proposed substation and related infrastructure upgrades.
Transmission upgrades will be required to support the increase in renewable generation and storage in the REZ. The scope and timeline for these upgrades will be determined following a feasibility study being developed by TransGrid with support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
The Australian Energy Market Operator's (AEMO) 2020 Integrated System Plan (ISP) estimates that the Transmission Link transmission project component of the Central-West Orana REZ has a cost of between $450 million and $850 million, with a modelled cost of $650 million.
2024-25: Expected delivery of the project
Federal Government: $5 million
The Federal Government, through ARENA, has committed $5 million towards a $16.2 million feasibility study, to be undertaken by Transgrid, which will assess the technical and commercial options for the development of new high voltage transmission lines to enable the REZ.
Dec 2020: The Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Transmission Project was declared a Critical State Significant Infrastructure by the New South Wales Government.
Jul 2020: In its 2020 Integrated System Plan, AEMO identified the Central-West Orana REZ Transmission Project as a critical project and provided updated costings for the project.
June 2020: On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) committed $5 million in funding to TransGrid to conduct a detailed feasibility study for the project.
Last reviewed: 03/02/2021