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Planned Hunter Transmission Project route released

Australia, New South Wales: The proposed route of the Hunter Transmission Project from Bayswater to Eraring has been released for public comment.

The New South Wales government has outlined its proposed route for the 115 km Hunter Transmission Project through the Hunter Valley, threading a path through mines, forests and along existing easements for a project essential to pave the way for the shift from coal. The project is designed to deliver at least 5 GW of wind and solar power from the New England and Central-West Orana regions.

The project will take the power from next to the Bayswater coal fired power station in the upper Hunter, to the site of the soon to be shuttered Eraring coal fired generator on the central coast, from where the electricity will be distributed to major load centres in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. The route identified by the state government owned Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo) threads a path for the 500 kV line in an attempt to avoid the sort of pushback that has plagued other transmission projects.

It comes as the NSW government faces pushback from the wind industry over draft planning guidelines, and opposition from some community members led by the federal Coalition and conservative media as the state struggles to keep pace with the rollout of renewables needed to replace coal. The route was adjusted following community feedback, and a proposed corridor for the line was identified. EnergyCo has avoided the town of Singleton, the wine and tourist areas around Polkobin, and villages such as Millfield and Wollombi, to minimise impacts on significant scenic landscapes.

Source: Renew Economy