Road upgrades to allow for renewable energy construction

ROADS between Newcastle and Dubbo will be upgraded to allow for more efficient transportation of components for renewable energy projects.

The components will include wind turbine blades, batteries and transformers.

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The state government’s $128.5 million investment will also support preliminary planning for a logistics precinct at the Port of Newcastle, where large and heavy components will be stored and then loaded for delivery to project construction sites.

The initial road upgrades will prioritise the route from the Port of Newcastle to the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone near Dubbo.

A portion of the route will also be used for transportation to the New England Renewable Energy Zone.

NSW Minister for Climate Change and Energy Penny Sharpe said the government’s investment was a “win-win” for the state.

“$128.5 million in the 2024-25 Budget to not only improve the roads we drive on, but also ensure the construction of more renewable energy projects which will drive down power bills.

“To build solar and wind farms and our new transmission network we’ll need trucks to carry their components to sites.
“Upgrading the roads ensures delivery can happen quickly and safely.”

NSW Minister for the Hunter Yasmin Catley said, “The Hunter is central to the transformation of our energy system and investments like these will ensure our region continues to prosper into the future.

“Port to Project will upgrade our road network, making it safer for all drivers, and create a logistics hub at Newcastle Port.”

Individual renewable energy project developers will need to ensure vehicle movements can be accommodated on any additional local roads to their project sites.

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