Australia-based electricity transmission company Transend Networks has submitted a development application to the Southern Midlands Council to construct and operate a 3.8km, 220,000V transmission line in the Sand Hills area.

The proposed Sand Hills transmission line will form part of Transend’s Waddamana-Risdon Vale 220kV transmission line, which has already received planning approval from a combined planning authority.

Transend’s general manager connections and strategic development, Stephen Clark, said that the original planning permit allowed for the new Waddamana-Risdon Vale line to run in the same corridor as an existing 110kV line between Waddamana and Bridgewater.

During the design phase of the project though, we found that part our proposed new line would disturb an area of cultural significance in the Jordan River Valley, Mr Clark said. We now plan to utilize this other transmission corridor for part of our 220kV link into southern Tasmania.

Transend has consulted with the land owners along the new, shorter section to discuss the location of towers and access tracks.