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HumeLink will provide new transmission connections to reinforce the NSW Southern Shared Network to increase transmission between new generation sources and demand centres. The project is expected to involve the construction of three new 500kV transmission lines between substations at Wagga Wagga, Bannaby and Maragle, supplying additional firm capacity of approximately 2,570 MW at an estimated capital cost of $1.35 billion.
The proposed scope includes:
- new Wagga Wagga 500/330 kV Substation and 330kV connection to the existing Wagga Wagga substation
- construction of three 500 kV transmission lines between Maragle and Bannaby, Maragle and Wagga Wagga, and Wagga Wagga and Bannaby
- upgrading equipment at Lower Tumut and Upper Tumut Substations to accommodate increased fault levels, and
- augmentation of the three substations to accommodate the additional infrastructure
Mid-2020 - Project Assessment Conclusions Report Published (finalisation of RIT-T process)
Late-2021 - Final investment decision and AER approval
Late-2021 - Environmental planning approvals
Early-2022 - Expected Construction Commencement
Late-2024 - Expected Construction Completion
The Federal and NSW governments have agreed to underwrite the project.
Procurement will be undertaken by TransGrid.
31 January 2020: The Federal Government announced the signing of a $2 billion deal with NSW Government, which includes joint underwriting of delivery of the HumeLink project. However, the specific allocation of funding is yet to be announced.
January 2020: Transgrid published the Project Assessment Draft Report (PADR), which suggested the preferred option for HumeLink as Option 3C. Option 3C provides more opportunity for route diversity, which will provide greater resilience to ‘high impact low probability events’ and unlock new renewable energy resources in the region e.g. Snowy 2.0.
The project is currently seeking submissions on the PADR as part of the RIT-T process. The next formal stage of this RIT-T is the Project Assessment Conclusions Report, which will be published in the first half of 2020. Community consultation and environmental impact assessment will also commence in early 2020.
July 2019: AEMO released an Insights paper in support of the 2018 ISP, which flagged the need to accelerate the project timeline in preparation for Snowy 2.0.
June 2019: TransGrid published the Project Specification Consultation Report (PSCR).
December 2018: The Energy Security Board's Integrated System Plan - Action Plan stated that AEMO is working with Snowy Hydro and TransGrid to refine and extend ISP modelling to better understand the costs, benefits and factors that affect the timing of HumeLink.
Last reviewed: 28/02/2020