Western Victoria Transmission Infrastructure Upgrade
Preferred bidder announced
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Preferred bidder announced
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The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has announced a $370 million upgrade of Western Victoria Transmission Infrastructure.
AEMO will undertake a competitive tender process to design, build, own, and operate the new infrastructure. The successful tenderer will undertake further community and stakeholder engagement before the final routes are approved.
AEMO’s preferred option will support additional generation connections in the Western Victoria region, and includes the following major components:
- short-term (present to 2021): minor transmission line augmentations, including wind monitoring and upgrading station limiting transmission plant, carried out for the Red Cliffs to Wemen to Kerang to Bendigo, and Moorabool to Terang to Ballarat 220 kilovolt transmission lines, and
- medium-term (2021 to 2025): a new North Ballarat terminal station and new 220 kV double circuit transmission lines from North Ballarat to Bulgana (via Waubra), alongside a new 500 kV double circuit transmission lines from Sydenham to North Ballarat connecting two new transformers.
The new 500 kV transmission lines between Sydenham and North Ballarat also form part of the scope of the KerangLink project.
In 2017, AEMO commenced a Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission (RIT-T) to assess the technical feasibility and economic benefits of addressing limitation in the Western Victoria transmission network.
In January 2019, AEMO called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for delivering the project. EOIs were due on 20 February. The purpose of the EOI was to assess interest and capabilities within the market to respond to an Invitation to Tender (ITT). An ITT was expected to be issued in March or April 2019, with contracts to be entered into in September 2019.
In July 2019, AEMO released its third and final report of the RIT-T process, which confirmed the $370 million upgrade as the preferred option.
Last reviewed: 30/07/2019