ElectraNet Eyre Peninsular Transmission Line Project

Melanie Dixon October 14, 2020

Applied Environment and Safety have been providing environmental support in the early contractor involvement (ECI) stage of the ElectraNet Eyre Peninsular transmission line upgrade project. This $290 million project involves constructing a new 270 km double-circuit 132 kV transmission line from Cultana to Port Lincoln in South Australia as well as major construction works on substations.

Environmental support for this ECI phase involves input into design, site investigations and development of management plans for construction. Our knowledge of transmission line construction phases and the potential associated environmental risks allows us to develop effective controls for our client.

A main component of this phase is the development of issue specific environmental management sub-plans. This has included soil, water, vegetation, waste, landholder and cultural heritage. A focus has been weed mitigation and management. Baseline weed surveys have been contracted. Weed management zones and control measures will be determined for construction. 

We believe in providing practical environmental management services. This means when developing sub-plans, we apply our practical construction knowledge to ensure implementable solutions along with environmental best practice. 

Also permit applications and supporting documents have been developed. This has included a Water Affecting Activities Permit for the construction of waterway crossings. For this permit, spatial data has been ground-truthed. Then crossings designed to minimise impact on the waterway channel and mitigate erosion and sedimentation.

We have been working closely alongside our project partners to be adaptive and flexible in our outputs and delivery. This is a very interesting major project that we are enjoying providing technical environmental support.

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