$1.3b investment to progress CopperString 2032 project in North Queensland

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The Queensland Government invests $1.3b to progress work on the CopperString 2032 project in North Queensland, with construction works to commence in mid-2024.

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a $1.3 billion package to progress work on CopperString 2032, demonstrating Queensland’s commitment to delivering Australia’s largest transmission project.

The funding will get the project ready for construction to commence mid-2024, a significant milestone towards unlocking 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 detailed design and engineering and environmental assessments. 

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

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

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

“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,” says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“I am excited about the progress we have made so far in planning and designing this project. This funding allows the project to move into the construction phase,” says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

It will also secure the easements for the CopperString 2032 project. 

It also includes the establishment of 100 permanent project jobs, procurement of transmission equipment, delivery of all site investigations and advancement of site development works, including camps and access works.

This allocation is part of the $5 billion estimated to deliver this game-changing project for North Queensland. 

“Every element of this project will be delivered in compliance with our Buy Queensland procurement policy, ensuring as much of this investment circulates throughout North Queensland, building an even more resilient economy,” says Minister for Resources and Townsville MP Scott Stewart.

It builds on more than 40 works packages that have been released 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. Communities along the Flinders Highway will get early access to super-fast broadband by next year

Source: © The State of Queensland 1997–2023 (edited)

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