Project overview*

EIS status EIS active
Description A 1,100-kilometre 275-kilovolt (kV) overhead high-voltage electricity transmission line connecting the North West Minerals Provence and Mount Isa to the National Electricity Market grid south of Townsville.
Proponent CuString Pty Ltd
Location/s The transmission line would run from a new sub-station at Woodstock, south of Townsville, to the Chumvale sub-station, near Cloncurry. Subject to demand, the line may extend west to Mount Isa and south to existing and potential mining operations. View map.
Local government/s
  • Townsville City Council
  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Mount Isa City Council
Investment $1 billion
Key features
  • 1,100-kilometre, 275-kV high-voltage electricity transmission line
  • support towers every 400-600 meters
  • new sub-stations at Woodstock and Chumvale, near Cloncurry
  • 120-metre-wide easement
  • access tracks for construction and maintenance
  • construction camps
Expected completion 2024
  • Up to 400 (construction)
  • 30 (operational)

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Have your say

The Coordinator-General has prepared a draft terms of reference (TOR) for an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the CopperString Project.

The draft TOR sets out the matters CuString Pty Ltd must address when preparing the EIS.

You are invited to comment on whether the draft TOR adequately covers all the matters the project proponent must address when preparing the EIS.

The Coordinator-General will consider your comments before finalising the TOR.

Comments close 5 pm on 2 August 2019.

Read and comment on the draft TOR.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

Date Activity
8 July to 2 August 2019 Draft terms of reference (PDF icon 647 KB) for EIS public consultation.
14 May 2019 Delegate for the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided that the project is a 'controlled action'
26 April 2019 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (PDF icon 246 KB).
February 2019 Initial advice statement submitted (PDF icon 7.3 MB) submitted.

Read more about the EIS process.