A $35 million upgrade of the Tamworth Substation is expected to generate around 30 jobs and is part of a massive $102 million improvement project to the NSW-QLD interconnector (QNI) transmission lines.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the announcement of the upgrade and said investment in major infrastructure projects would generate local job opportunities and support local businesses.

“This is great news for Tamworth as this project will include major upgrades to the Tamworth substation as well as transmission lines and towers in our region,” Mr Anderson said.

“There will be job opportunities for locals as well as opportunities for accommodation and food providers for the specialist staff who will be working on the upgrade of the substation.

“We’re also going to see the installation of some innovative technology called static volt amp reactive compensators (SVCs) in the Tamworth substation that will strengthen the system by providing greater voltage stability and regulation.”

The overall project is expected to generate 150 jobs and we will see crews working on upgrades to transmission towers and lines, including replacing transmission towers with poles, installing new poles along existing spans and strengthening existing towers

“I have been advised that work is expected to begin next month and this is a great opportunity for businesses to be part of an exciting project,” Mr Anderson said.

“Completing the QNI upgrade is critical to ensure NSW can access affordable and reliable power following the closure of the Liddell power station in April 2023.

“This is just one of the ways we’re delivering on our commitment to keep the lights on, put food on the tables of our locals and to keep power costs down for the people of the region.”