Number crunching: Brendon Grylls addressed a large crowd at a budget luncheon on Friday.
Number crunching: Brendon Grylls addressed a large crowd at a budget luncheon on Friday.

Brendon Grylls has defended the State Government’s decision not to fund stage two of the 330kV transmission line from Eneabba to Geraldton.

The Regional Development Minister and National Party leader was speaking at a business function in Geraldton on Friday.

Mr Grylls said the first phase of the Pindar to Eneabba 330kv line was included in this year’s Budget, but did not speculate on whether a Geraldton leg would be built.

“The first phase of that project is in the Budget and the first phase of that project allows the mining sector to develop in the southern part of the iron ore province,” he said.

“Further investment is needed in increments to deliver the power to Oakajee, but again the Government is making the decision to invest where it is most needed and as that investment is
needed to bring on Oakajee and maybe some of the renewable projects in the region.”

There was a $50 million provision for stage one of the 330kv line as part of the Mid West Development Commission’s Energy Project, but this was dependent on regulatory approvals.

The estimated cost of stage two of the MWEP is $280 million.

Minister for energy, training and workforce development Peter Collier said the Government was waiting for a report from Western Power before it would consider funding stage two of the project.

BEN O'HALLORAN

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