$1b transmission line to unlock outback for wind, solar and mining

The so-called CopperString project in north Queensland is now firmly back on the state government’s agenda, with the $1 billion transmission line now declared a “co-ordinated” project, and with the promise of unlocking a vast tract of outback wind and solar resources.

Renew Economy is reporting CopperString is designed to link Townsville with the big mineral provinces around Cloncurry and Mt Isa more than 1,000kms to the west, along the way unlocking some major renewable energy projects and opening up new areas for copper and other forms of mining.

It had been a strong contender for state-backing a decade ago, when the then state government declared it to be a “once in a generation opportunity.”

The project which is expected to be completed in 2024 will create 400 construction jobs according to the Queensland Government

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