Genex Power Limited (ASX:GNX) (Genex or Company) is pleased to advise that it has entered into a Binding Heads of Agreement (Agreement) with Powerlink Queensland (Powerlink) to progress a range of key activities which are critical to the connection of Genex's Stage 2 Kidston Hydro-Solar Project (Project) to the Queensland transmission network.
The Agreement requires Powerlink to commence a detailed program of works, including a targeted environmental study on the Mount Fox-Kidston Corridor, transmission line design works and development of the easement acquisition process. These activities follow the recent declaration of the Kidston Project (including the transmission path) as a "Critical Infrastructure" project by the Queensland State Government.
The Agreement also sets down a detailed timetable requiring Genex to submit to Powerlink a formal Application to Connect in Q4 2017, to be followed by negotiation of a Generator Connection and Access Agreement in accordance with Chapter 5 of the National Electricity Rules.
This Agreement builds on the Queensland Government's recently announced Powering North Queensland Plan, which includes a $150 million reinvestment of Powerlink dividends to develop strategic transmission infrastructure in North and North-west Queensland to support a clean energy hub.
Genex continues to work on a number of key funding initiatives aimed at delivering the Project in the most capital conservative manner possible.
Commenting on the Agreement, Genex's Managing Director Michael Addison stated:
"We are pleased to have now finalised our approach to this vital element of our Stage 2 project structure. This early works program to progress the design and easement acquisition process of the transmission path is key to connecting our project to the national electricity grid.
We maintain an excellent relationship with Powerlink and are delighted to be working with them towards meeting our power transmission requirements."
About Powerlink Queensland
Powerlink Queensland (formally Queensland Electricity Transmission Corporation Limited) is an electricity transmission system operator owned by the Government of Queensland. Operating within the National Electricity Market (NEM), Powerlink owns and operates the high-voltage electricity transmission infrastructure in Queensland, effectively transporting electricity between participants within the NEM. Powerlink is a regulated business, with revenues set by the Australian Energy Regulator.
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