ElectraNet’s Project EnergyConnect

Piper Alderman has assisted ElectraNet to reach a major milestone in the Project EnergyConnect, awarding the major construction contracts for the South Australian component of the project.

ElectraNet has awarded two infrastructure providers with deep expertise in renewable energy and large-scale projects the main construction contracts for South Australia’s section of Project EnergyConnect, the long-planned high-voltage electricity connector between South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria that is set to open up renewable-energy grid connections in its path and help stabilise the National Electricity Market.

This latest milestone involves the awarding of high value construction contracts to Downer Utilities Australia Pty Ltd and Consolidated Power Projects Australia Pty Ltd. Downer will deliver approximately 200 kilometres of new 275kV and 330 kV transmission line between the interconnector at the SA/NSW border and the new Bundey Substation near Robertstown, and approximately 10 km of new transmission line between the Robertstown and Bundey substations. 

Consolidated Power Projects Australia will be responsible for substation works including the construction of the new Bundey Substation and augmentation works at the existing Robertstown and Tungkillo substations.

Downer Group — the engineering, construction and procurement company involved in projects such the 349 MW Limondale Solar Farm and the Chichester solar project powering Fortescue’s iron ore operations in the Pilbrara — may have exited the Australian solar scene early last year, citing grid-connection risks and a lack of new investment, but Downer Utilities Australia will be a major enabler of future renewable energy flows as the chosen transmission-lines contractor to Project EnergyConnect.

Downer intends to immediately start preliminary work on the project with major construction commencing in early 2022. 

ElectraNet is an electricity transmission specialist, our transmission network powers people’s lives by providing safe and future-focused energy solutions.

Downer is the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand.

The Piper Alderman legal team was led by Partner Martin Lovell (Picture), with assistance from senior associate Juniper Watson.

Involved fees earner: Martin Lovell – Piper Alderman; Juniper Watson – Piper Alderman;

Law Firms: Piper Alderman;

Clients: ElectraNet Pty Ltd;

Author: Sonia Carcano