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Spotlight on CopperString 2.0 as lights go out in north-west Queensland

23 April 2021

Spotlight on CopperString 2.0 as lights go out in north-west Queensland

A widespread electricity outage in Queensland’s north-west today caused by a power station failure confirms just how critical CopperString 2.0 is to the region’s energy security.

With almost 10,000 customers affected by the outage and industry ground to a halt in Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Dajarra, Julia Creek and Kajabbi, CopperString Managing Director Joseph O’Brien said this afternoon that the North West Minerals Province is too important to not have access to the national grid.

“This is why we need to build CopperString 2.0, we can’t have a world leading minerals powerhouse that’s without power,” Mr O’Brien said.

“These types of outages and high energy prices are why we are working with the Australian and Queensland Governments to progress our project because it will provide a secure power supply for northern Queensland and help unlock new mining and clean energy investment and jobs in our great State.”

Mr O’Brien said the company was also working closely with all stakeholders to maximise the value of CopperString 2.0, the proposed high voltage network connecting the North West Minerals Province to the National Electricity Grid near Townsville.

“We are well advanced in the Environmental Impact Statement process and in our discussions with established and prospective industry partners who could use the more affordable and reliable electricity from the project and the National Electricity Market to generate new jobs, new investment and new exports for Queensland,” he said.

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