Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description A 1,100-kilometre high-voltage overhead electricity transmission line connecting the North West Minerals Provence and Mount Isa to the National Electricity Market grid south of Townsville.
Proponent CuString Pty Ltd
Location/s The transmission line would run from a new sub-station at Woodstock, south of Townsville, to the Chumvale sub-station, near Cloncurry. Subject to demand, the line may extend west to Mount Isa and south to existing and potential mining operations. View map.
Local government/s
  • Townsville City Council
  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Mount Isa City Council
Investment $1.5 billion
Key features
  • 1,100-kilometre high-voltage electricity transmission line
  • support towers every 400-600 meters
  • new sub-stations at Woodstock and Chumvale, near Cloncurry
  • optical fibre network capability
  • 120-metre-wide easement
  • access tracks for construction and maintenance
  • construction camps
Expected completion 2024
  • Up to 400 (construction)
  • 30 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
Currently Draft EIS being prepared by proponent.
4 September 2019 Terms of reference for an EIS (PDF icon 693 KB) released.
8 July to 2 August 2019 Draft terms of reference (PDF icon 647 KB) for EIS public consultation.
14 May 2019 Delegate for the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided that the project is a 'controlled action' More information
26 April 2019 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 246 KB).
February 2019 Initial advice statement submitted (PDF icon 7.3 MB) submitted.

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