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Field investigations

May 2024 environmental field work notification

Read the work notification on what field investigations are underway for the New England REZ transmission project and how this work may affect you.

EnergyCo is carrying out field investigations to help refine the New England REZ transmission project study corridor and inform the environmental studies needed to assess the project. This work includes ecological surveys, heritage surveys, visual assessments and geotechnical investigations that will take place throughout 2024. 

Investigations will be carried out within the revised study corridor, generally focusing on an area about 250m wide in the centre of the 1km study corridor. The revised study corridor can be viewed on our interactive map.

Field studies currently underway include: 

  • ecological (flora and fauna) surveys
  • heritage surveys
  • visual assessments
  • geotechnical investigations
  • aerial mapping surveys. 

EnergyCo is carrying out these studies across a range of public and private land. We will continue to work directly with landowners to understand expectations and requirements in carrying out work on private property.

Additional surveys are expected to occur over the coming months and will allow us to confirm environmental conditions and engineering constraints. The types of field investigations we may need to carry out are outlined below:

Ecological surveysStudy flora and fauna species and habitat
Geotechnical and contamination investigationsConfirm underground rock and soil conditions and if any contaminants are present
Land surveysSurvey existing ground levels, locations of features and infrastructure, and identify property boundaries
Hydrological investigationsAssess the storage and flow of water on the land
Heritage surveysLocate evidence of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artefacts and heritage sites
Noise monitoringMeasure background noise levels
Utility investigationsConfirm the location of utilities including water, electricity, gas and telecommunications


Aerial view of Armidale

EnergyCo is working closely with the community as we plan and deliver the New England Renewable Energy Zone.

Solar farm in Avalind

Explore fact sheets and relevant project documents.

Wellington wind farm

EnergyCo is working with the developers who plan to connect to the REZ transmission project.

Sheep in paddock with transmission tower.

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Contact us

13 Mar 2024

If you have any questions about the New England REZ or would like to provide feedback, please contact us at any time:

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 1800 061 114 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)