Australia: $1 B CopperString powerline, the 1100 km, 275 kVA overhead, high-voltage electricity transmission line will connect the North West Minerals Province and Mount Isa to the National Electricity Market grid south of Townsville.
Acting Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Stirling Hinchliffe, said the proposed powerline will help the region plug into new industrial opportunities, creating jobs for the region and boosting the local economy.
Subject to approval, the proponent CuString proposes to commence the first stage of construction, building a 720 km overhead powerline from Woodstock, south of Townsville, to the Chumvale Substation near Cloncurry by the end of 2020.
Its anticipated operations would commence by the end of 2022.
CuString then proposes to extend the line from the Chumvale Substation to Mount Isa and south to the Phosphate Hill Power Station and Cannington Mine as early as 2024, subject to demand.
Source: Utility Magazine