Project Information

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The Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) is a critical upgrade of the state's transmission network which will ensure Victoria's successful transition from coal generated energy to sustainable, affordable and reliable renewable energy. It will connect large scale wind and solar in the west into the grid to power more than half a million homes across Victoria.


The project proposes a new transmission line starting at Bulgana, near Stawell in Victoria's west, and covering approximately 190km to Sydenham in Melbourne's north-west. the project will enable the connection of new renewable energy generated in western Victoria into the National Electricity Market and increase the Victorian transmission capacity.

It will create at least 300 jobs during construction and provide significant economic benefits to regional communities.

The project includes:

  • A new overhead double circuit 220kV line between the existing Bulgana Terminal Station to a new terminal station north of Ballarat.
  • A new overhead double circuit 500kV high voltage line from the new terminal station north of Ballarat to a new terminal station at North Sydenham.

The project is being delivered by AusNet Services through its commercial division Mondo. AusNet Services currently operates 6,500kms of transmission lines across Victoria.

The proposed project requires Victorian and Commonwealth Government approval as well as extensive community engagement through the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process before construction commences.

An Area of Interest (AoI) was identified in early 2020 based on a range of technical investigations on the land between Bulgana and Sydenham. Following consideration of community consultation and feedback, along with early investigations, AusNet Services has now narrowed down the AoI to corridors. These corridors will be considered, along with the output of further community engagement, to identify to a single corridor and refine a final proposed route.


Visit the Get Involved page to have your say and Register for regular updates on the project.

The Western Victoria Transmission Network Project (WVTNP) is a critical upgrade of the state's transmission network which will ensure Victoria's successful transition from coal generated energy to sustainable, affordable and reliable renewable energy. It will connect large scale wind and solar in the west into the grid to power more than half a million homes across Victoria.


The project proposes a new transmission line starting at Bulgana, near Stawell in Victoria's west, and covering approximately 190km to Sydenham in Melbourne's north-west. the project will enable the connection of new renewable energy generated in western Victoria into the National Electricity Market and increase the Victorian transmission capacity.

It will create at least 300 jobs during construction and provide significant economic benefits to regional communities.

The project includes:

  • A new overhead double circuit 220kV line between the existing Bulgana Terminal Station to a new terminal station north of Ballarat.
  • A new overhead double circuit 500kV high voltage line from the new terminal station north of Ballarat to a new terminal station at North Sydenham.

The project is being delivered by AusNet Services through its commercial division Mondo. AusNet Services currently operates 6,500kms of transmission lines across Victoria.

The proposed project requires Victorian and Commonwealth Government approval as well as extensive community engagement through the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process before construction commences.

An Area of Interest (AoI) was identified in early 2020 based on a range of technical investigations on the land between Bulgana and Sydenham. Following consideration of community consultation and feedback, along with early investigations, AusNet Services has now narrowed down the AoI to corridors. These corridors will be considered, along with the output of further community engagement, to identify to a single corridor and refine a final proposed route.


Visit the Get Involved page to have your say and Register for regular updates on the project.

  • Why is this project needed?

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    Victoria’s existing transmission network does not have the capacity to transport the renewable energy being generated in Western Victoria to the rest of the state.

    Our energy network was originally built to carry energy generated from brown coal in the Latrobe Valley to the rest of the state. As we move from coal-generated electricity to sustainable green power, this critical upgrade of our transmission network will help to keep the lights on and power prices down.

    Western Victoria is emerging as an important renewable energy generation region and has been earmarked for its own Renewable Energy Zone.

    However, the existing transmission network in Western Victoria is already at capacity. This means only limited power can be transported out of the region into the wider network and this impacts power prices.

  • About AusNet Services and Mondo

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    AusNet Services is the largest diversified energy network business in Victoria, owning and operating three regulated networks - electricity distribution, gas distribution and the state-wide electricity transmission network. Headquartered in Melbourne, AusNet Services employs around 1,900 people to service 1.4 million customers. For more information visit AusNet Services’ website - ausnetservices.com.au.

    Mondo is AusNet Services’ commercial business, responsible for enabling Australia’s energy future through the provision of a range of infrastructure, utility and community energy services. For more information visit Mondo’s website - mondo.com.au.