In May 2021 it was announced that the Queensland Government would invest $40 million in transmission line infrastructure in North Queensland to establish a Queensland Renewable Energy Zone (QREZ).
The establishment of a Northern QREZ will increase the generator hosting capacity by up to 500MW in Far North Queensland and is expected to deliver widespread benefits and drive economic growth in the region. The proposed augmentation to develop the Northern QREZ is to establish a third 275kV connection into Woree Substation.
In accordance with the requirements of sections 5.18 and 8.9 of the National Electricity Rules in relation to funded augmentations, Powerlink, as the Transmission Network Service Provider for Queensland, has recently published a Notice of Consultation (Notice) and Consultation Paper regarding ‘Developing the Northern Queensland Renewable Energy Zone’.
The matter for consultation is to call for submissions in relation to the proposed augmentation to develop a Renewable Energy Zone in North Queensland and to seek feedback on whether there are any other matters which could reasonably be considered as part of the development of the Northern QREZ.
The Notice and Consultation Paper is available on the AEMO and Powerlink websites.
The Notice in conjunction with the Consultation Paper commences the first stage of the consultation process as set out in the Rules consultation procedures.
Submissions to the Notice and Consultation Paper are required by the closing date of 6 August 2021.
Any enquiries in the first instance should be directed to:
Manager Network and Alternate Solutions
PO Box 1193
VIRGINIA, QLD 4014
Tel: (+617) 3860 2328