Electricity > Our Projects > Moorabool-Ballarat line upgrade



AusNet Services is upgrading the existing high voltage 220,000 volts (220kV) powerline running between the Moorabool and Ballarat terminal stations, providing electricity throughout the north-west region of Victoria. 


The electricity network planner, the Australian Energy Market Operator, has determined that a capacity upgrade to the existing Moorabool to Ballarat transmission line is required to ensure a secure and reliable power supply to the north-west region of Victoria. 


AusNet Services will be delivering the upgrade as the owner and operator of the electricity transmission network. 



Project overview


The upgrade involves installing a third 220kV circuit onto the existing towers (mirroring what is on the other side of the tower), installed in 1985 with the capacity to add more lines in the future, if and when, energy needs in the region increased.

The new circuit will be strung on the south-western side of the existing towers. This will require some vegetation removal to ensure essential clearance distances from the powerlines. Every effort will be made to minimise any vegetation clearance.

We will ensure there will be no disruption of your power services during this upgrade.


Planning Application Submitted

The planning permit application was submitted to Councils in September 2015. For a summary of the key findings from the technical studies and community engagement, please refer to Brochure 2 below.


Keeping you updated


AusNet Services is keen to work with local communities and key stakeholders to keep them informed and up-to-date as the project progresses. The following brochures were sent to all landowners along the route during the planning phase.

Commencement of Works


AusNet Services has now received planning permission from relevant councils to upgrade the Moorabool to Ballarat electrical transmission line. We are planning to begin works by late June and complete them by early 2017.


We have listened to landowners during the planning phase and have designed our approach to minimise potential impacts to farming activities and local traffic.


We will be contacting all affected landowners by letter and phone to discuss the line stringing process. If you are a landowner and haven’t had contact with the project team, please contact us on 1800 966 849 or email mtobupgrade@ausnetservices.com.au so we can get in touch with you.


If you have any questions about the project or would like to discuss access requirements on your land, please contact us via the phone number or email above.

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