North West Transmission Developments

The North West Transmission Developments (NWTD), being progressed by TasNetworks, include 240km of new and upgraded transmission lines and other energy infrastructure that will increase the capacity of Tasmania's electricity network. The project is currently in the Design and Approvals phase and is subject to final investment decision (FID), currently scheduled for December 2024. It is anticipated that main construction activities will commence in early 2025, following FID approval.

The developments will enable Tasmania to become a world-leading renewable energy provider and support the decarbonisation of Australia.

See below for the latest project news

The North West Transmission Developments (NWTD), being progressed by TasNetworks, include 240km of new and upgraded transmission lines and other energy infrastructure that will increase the capacity of Tasmania's electricity network. The project is currently in the Design and Approvals phase and is subject to final investment decision (FID), currently scheduled for December 2024. It is anticipated that main construction activities will commence in early 2025, following FID approval.

The developments will enable Tasmania to become a world-leading renewable energy provider and support the decarbonisation of Australia.

See below for the latest project news

  • NWTD Notified Corridor amended

    In mid-2023 TasNetworks undertook the required steps to register a notified corridor for the proposed alignment of the North West Transmission Developments (NWTD) in accordance with the Major Infrastructure Development Approvals Act 1999 (MIDAA).

    The MIDAA process requires that a notified corridor must be in place before TasNetworks can submit a Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement for assessment of the NWTD. The notified corridor was made by the Minister for Planning at TasNetworks’ request.

    Following the announcement by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments that Marinus Link will, in the first instance, proceed with one cable, the overall scope of the North West Transmission Developments was revised to be delivered in two stages. Stage one will focus on the Palmerston (Cressy) to Burnie via Sheffield, and Stowport to Heybridge sections to align with the delivery of the first Marinus Link cable. The balance of the project, which includes the sections between Hampshire Hills to Burnie, and Staverton to Hampshire Hills will be constructed as part of stage two.

    As a result of these decisions, it is now necessary to retain the existing 220kV line between Sheffield and Burnie during construction to avoid the risk of outages. It is still the case that the existing 220kV line between Sheffield and Burnie will be removed post-construction. To allow the new 220kV line to be installed while the existing one is in place, the proposed alignment of the new transmission line and location of towers has been adjusted in several locations. Other adjustments have also been made following discussions with landholders and ongoing work. This has meant that the notified corridor needed to be adjusted and, in some areas, widened.

    The existing notified corridor between Hampshire Hills and Burnie is being amended in some locations to provide greater flexibility as we progress field investigations and further discussions with landholders.

    TasNetworks recently requested that the Minister for Planning amend the notified corridor to allow for these adjustments.

  • Empowering the Kentish Community Men's Shed

    Recognising the importance of maintaining a well-equipped workspace, the NWTD project has been able to assist the Kentish Men’s Shed in updating their tools and equipment.

    Located amidst the serene surroundings of Sheffield, the Men’s Shed serves as a gathering place for approximately 50 dedicated individuals. From metal fabrication, blacksmithing to ceramic artistry, the Shed embodies a diverse range of skills and expertise.

    With our grant exceeding $5000, the shed was able to acquire essential tools, ensuring safety and efficiency in their operations. Thank you, Kentish Community Men’s Shed, for allowing us to play a role in the vital work you do with communities in the North West!


  • NWTD Information Pack - April 2024

    To ensure community members can access information they might need about the North West Transmission Developments project, we have released a new information pack on the TasNetworks website. View information Pack


  • Engaging with our landholders

    TasNetworks recently held a series of landholder drop-in sessions for the proposed North West Transmission Developments project, with fifty landholders taking the opportunity to attend. They were welcomed by a range of TasNetworks subject matter experts, including engineers and land agents, who were on hand to listen, support and address questions and concerns. TasNetworks was also joined by representatives from Rural Alive and Well and TasFarmers. Feedback from these sessions will contribute to our overall understanding of landholder concerns, highlighting the topics that continue to be important to landholders and what they want to know more about.

    Specific feedback was also sought from landholders regarding TasNetworks’ proposed options for a Strategic Benefit Payment. The Strategic Benefit Payment is intended to recognise the ongoing impact to landholders who host new major infrastructure needed to support the delivery of a modern electricity grid for Tasmania. The Strategic Benefit Payment is separate and in addition to compensation payable to landholders under the Land Acquisition Act (1993).

    Visit NWTD Landholder webpage

  • Easter Egg Hunt - Rural Alive and Well

    The Bracknell community recently came together for a day of fun with family and friends at the Rural Alive and Well (RAW) Easter Egg Hunt. The NWTD project partnered with RAW for this wonderful inaugural event aimed at promoting social connection and building resilient communities. There were smiles all-round as eggs were collected, with some kids using their TasNetworks toy helmet as a makeshift basket. The kids also loved trying out the renewable electricity bike activity, pedalling as fast as they could to illuminate a map of Tasmania’s transmission network. Thanks to RAW for putting on an eggcellent event!

  • World Wind Energy Conference highlights Tasmania's exciting renewable energy potential

    The 21st World Wind Energy Conference was held in Hobart in November.

    As our CEO Seán Mc Goldrick shared TasNetworks’ energy insights and vision for a bright and sustainable future to delegates, he noted how fitting the ‘Symphony of the Renewables’ theme was given the exciting renewable energy potential in Tasmania.

    Chris Warr, Leader Major Projects Engagement, shared his knowledge on harnessing the power of youth – a presentation on how to co-design community benefit sharing with young people. You can learn more here: https://www.tasnetworks.com.au/nwtd-cbsp

    Our chair Roger Gill, who is also past President of the International Hydropower Association, shared his insights on the important role that hydropower can play in reaching global net zero target.

    Engaging presentations were intertwined with conversations from experts from all around the world – and our people will learn and benefit from their knowledge.

    TasNetworks proudly supported this event as a gold sponsor, reaffirming our commitment to a sustainable energy future for all Tasmanians.

  • Collaborating to improve outcomes for agricultural landholders

    It has been 6 months since the Energy Charter launched its Better Practice Social Licence Guideline and TasNetworks, along with other Guideline collaborators, recently undertook an accountability check-in. While there is more work to be done, it was great to see that since the launch of the guideline there has been significant progress in identifying and progressing opportunities to improve outcomes for agricultural landholders.

    At the 12 month mark, an independent accountability review will be led by Karin Stark, Director Farm Renewables Consulting (funded via Energy Consumers Australia) and Joy Thomas, Independent Chair, Ag + Energy Social Licence Roundtable / Co-convener Ag Energy Taskforce.

    For further information and to view the Guideline – visit: https://www.theenergycharter.com.au/better-practice-social-licence-guideline/

  • IAP2 Australasia’s Core Values Awards


    TasNetworks achieved a Highly Commended award at the recent IAP2 Australasia’s Core Value Awards held in Brisbane. These awards recognise excellence in public participation and community engagement.


    The award highlighted the development of a youth-centred, co-designed community benefits sharing program. At the core of its success are 15 highly passionate and talented 18 to 25 years old North West Tasmanians who came together across a number of months to collaborate and design the program. Their commitment led to an outcome that best represents the interests of the community of North West Tasmania and will deliver a lasting positive legacy for the region.


    Thank you to everyone who was involved in this process, especially the youth panel members, community stakeholders and our engagement partner, RPS. We will continue to engage as we develop the key governance and administration arrangements. The program is scheduled to commence during the construction phase of the NWTD project.


    For further information about the Community Benefits Sharing Program, please visit www.tasnetworks.com.au/nwtd-cbsp

  • Delivering a Tasmanian electricity network ready to support Marinus Link and a clean energy future

    Following the recent announcement by the Australian Government that Marinus Link will, in the first instance, proceed with one cable, TasNetworks has reviewed the scope of its 240km North West Transmission Developments (NWTD) project.

    The project timing and staging has been revised to ensure the efficient and cost-effective delivery of the transmission network required for the first Marinus Link cable, while maintaining flexibility to deliver the network needed for a second Marinus Link cable.

    TasNetworks CEO Seán Mc Goldrick said the recent decision provided certainty and confidence for the business as it progresses the NWTD.

    “With this surety, both Marinus Link and the NWTD can proceed to a Final Investment Decision with the knowledge that Tasmanians will only pay their fair share for this nationally significant energy infrastructure,” he said.

    “The project has been revised to deliver the NWTD across two stages, focusing on the delivery of Stage 1 until a final decision is taken on the second Marinus Link cable. This approach will see approximately 60 per cent of the proposed NWTD built in the first stage.”

    The NWTD include new and upgraded overhead transmission lines that will link Cressy, Burnie, Sheffield, Staverton, Hampshire, and East Cam. The developments will increase the capacity and reliability of Tasmania’s electricity network and support Australia’s transition to a clean energy future.

    Stage 1 will see construction commencing in 2025 on Palmerston-Sheffield-Heybridge and Stowport to Burnie to align with the first Marinus Link cable. Stage 2 will deliver the balance of the NWTD scope, which includes the section between Staverton to Burnie via Hampshire Hills, to align with the second Marinus Link cable.

    Mr Mc Goldrick said TasNetworks is working closely with landholders and key stakeholders where there are any impacts as a result of the staged delivery approach.

    “We are committed to working with landholders and the community to ensure they are well informed about the project as it progresses and the best possible outcomes are achieved for all.”

  • NWTD announced as finalist in the IAP2 Australasia Core Values Awards 2023

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    We are excited to share that TasNetworks has been named as a finalist in the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Australasia Core Values Awards 2023. IAP2's Core Values Awards recognise projects and organisations that are at the forefront of public participation and community and stakeholder engagement.

    TasNetworks’ award submission centres around efforts by the North West Transmission Developments team over the past two years in recruiting, establishing and facilitating a NW region Youth Panel to develop a collaborative, co-designed and youth-centred approach to community benefits sharing.

    More information about the Youth Panel process, recommendations and framework can be found at: https://www.tasnetworks.com.au/nwtd-cbsp

    We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the fellow finalists who share our passion for community engagement and participation. The winners will be unveiled at the IAP2 Annual Conference in Brisbane, scheduled for late October. Best of luck to all the finalists!

Page last updated: 27 May 2024, 04:36 PM