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CopperString 2032 project receives $1.3 billion boost

The creation of a high-voltage power line to the north west of the state is planned to be underway next year

The Queensland state government has announced a $1.3 billion package to progress work on the CopperString 2032 project, which will see construction of a high-voltage power line connecting the state’s electricity grid to the North West Power System.

The funding will get the project ready for construction to commence mid-2024, with the government saying the power line will boost development in the North West Minerals Province and the renewable energy potential of North Queensland.

This package will enable publicly-owned energy cooperation Powerlink, alongside construction partners UGL and CPB, to undertake design, engineering and environmental assessments.

The project will be calling for response to tenders from local North Queensland companies.

Over 40 works packages have been release for Expression of Interest. The packages cover a range of activities and services such as engineering, construction, environmental management, logistics, camp construction, haulage and communications.

The CopperString 2032 project will also provide infrastructure to connect the North West to super-fast internet speeds, with early works beginning immediately.

“This is a significant step forward to allow Powerlink to get started on this game-changing project,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

“CopperString 2032 is the largest ever economic development project in North Queensland, and the largest expansion to the power grid in Australia.

“We are proud to invest in this historic project, which will connect $500 billion in critical minerals with the largest renewable energy zone on the east coast of Australia unlocking the next mining boom and jobs across the North West Minerals Province and North Queensland.

“I am excited about the progress we have made so far in planning and designing this project.”

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