Case Studies

Major construction contracts for historic, cross-border electricity transmission project

Piper Alderman assisted ElectraNet to reach a major milestone in Project EnergyConnect, awarding the major construction contracts for the South Australian component of the project.

Team: Martin Lovell, Juniper Watson

Service: Projects & Construction
Sector: Electricity & Gas Regulation | Energy & Resources | Power & Utilities | Renewables

Project EnergyConnect is one of the largest projects that ElectraNet has ever been involved in. The project will allow electricity to flow directly between NSW and SA for the first time in Australian history. Project EnergyConnect will provide increased capacity for renewable generation and significantly improve electricity reliability in both states. The project involves the construction of a new 900km high voltage transmission line between Robertstown in South Australia and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, multiple substations along the transmission line, a further connection point into north west Victoria and a high capacity interconnector located at the SA-NSW border.

Piper Alderman has been advising ElectraNet on many aspects of Project EnergyConnect. This milestone involved the awarding of high value construction contracts to Downer Utilities Australia Pty Ltd and Consolidated Power Projects Australia Pty Ltd.

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What our client said:

Sam Dighton, General Counsel & Company Secretary, ElectraNet

“Martin is one of our ‘go to’ lawyers, bringing excellent commercial nous and pragmatic decision making to help deliver complex, high value and business critical transactions. Martin’s ability to focus commercial and legal negotiations on the issues that matter has been key to our success in concluding transactions ahead of time and on budget. He is ‘magic circle’ quality.”

“Project EnergyConnect was ElectraNet’s largest infrastructure project in its history. The Piper Alderman team (Martin and Juniper) were our lead legal advisors throughout the procurement process (EOI and RFT), dual ECI engagement and negotiation of D&C contracts for major works packages including transmission lines (awarded to Downer) and substation works (awarded to CPP). Their persuasive negotiating style, sharp technical knowledge, quick turnaround times and ability to explain complex legal concepts in plain English terms was critical to closing out key contracts efficiently and achieving such a successful outcome for the business.”