EESA is pleased to present John O’Brien, Executive Chairman of CopperString 2.0 who will explore the interrelationship between the technical, commercial and regulatory frameworks that result in the CopperString network providing massive value to the Queensland and Australian economies. The presentation will provide some insight into the technical parameters that drive the design of the network and its integration into the NEM.
CopperString is a major EHV transmission project to combine the North West Minerals Province of Queensland and the National Electricity Market. Although the NWMP uses more energy that the NEM from Townsville north it is an isolated supply system and is not covered by NEM Rules. The NWMP is a combination of isolated major load sites and the North West Power System which provides a network connection between Mount Isa and Cloncurry and the mining zones north of both regional population centres.
The CopperString project is the single largest expansion of the national transmission network and is unique in the history of the NEM because it involves integration of two existing electricity systems where one system (NWMP) is not covered by the NEM Rules.
Bringing the NWMP into the NEM will have a dramatic impact on the industrial eco-system between the NWMP and Townsville. It will also stimulate major renewable energy developments in one of the only renewable energy zones that AEMO classifies as A class wind and A class solar.
The presentation will explore the interrelationship between the technical, commercial and regulatory frameworks that result in the CopperString network providing massive value to the Queensland and Australian economies.
John O'Brien, Executive Chairman, CopperString 2.0
John has worked for over 40 years as a professional engineer and businessman holding executive-level roles in both the public and private sector for utilities and advisory firms. John’s specific roles have included participation in Australian and international energy markets, projects and operations.
John graduated from University of Queensland in 1976 and worked on the transmission network in SEQ for 4 years and then in operations at Swanbank Power Station at Ipswich. He moved to Townsville in 1981 to work on the publicly owned transmission and distribution networks in regional Queensland. In 1996 John was seconded to London Electricity to get insight into the operation of the UK electricity market structure which was a few years ahead of introduction of the National Electricity Market into the Queensland Electricity Industry.
Over the last 20 years John has founded a number of highly successful consulting businesses providing strategic advice on both energy market and electricity infrastructure to major utility and resources companies. CopperString, the largest single electricity network project in Australia, was founded by John and was designed to open up the sustainable resources corridor between Townsville and Mt Isa.
John also has investments in a number of significant energy and resources related project developments; he has played an active role in the economic development planning for northern Queensland.
John is based in Townsville North Queensland and travels extensively to provide strategic advice, business input and thought leadership across Australia and internationally – particularly in PNG.
John is a Registered Project Engineer in Queensland and holds IEAust Membership as well as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Thursday 19 November
4.30 pm NSW, ACT, VIC | 4.00 pm SA | 3.30pm QLD | 3.00 pm NT | 1.30 pm WA (Registration open half an hour prior to session start time)
The Queensland Chapter of the Electric Energy Society of Australia.