New tests won't delay powerline

TRANSGRID has denied its proposed 330-kilovolt powerline network from Lismore to Tenterfield will be delayed despite undertaking a new test.

TransGrid will conduct a Regulatory Investment Test for Transmission, made compulsory under the National Electricity Rules in November last year.

"The purpose of the transmission test is to ensure the latest available forecast information is used in determining the optimal timing and delivery of the project," a TransGrid spokesperson said.

The test involves a three-stage consultation process and will allow TransGrid, a branch of the NSW Government's Electricity Transmission Authority, to identify an investment option "which maximises net economic benefits".

Plans to supply more power on the North Coast were first released by TransGrid in 2008.

The spokesperson said based on current forecasts the project would be finished by the end of 2015.

"The public exhibition period for TransGrid's Far North NSW Project's Environmental Assessment closed on Monday, October 24, 2011. Since that time, TransGrid has been compiling an extensive submissions report, responding to all matters raised during this public display," the spokesperson said.

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