Bulletin: NSW Roadmap – Tender Round 5

Tender Round 5 under the NSW Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap opened on 22 May 2024 which is offering:

  1. Long Duration Storage (LDS) Long Term Energy Storage Agreements (LTESAs); and
  2. for the first time, access rights to the South-West Renewable Energy Zone (SW REZ).

Projects intending to connect to the existing network infrastructure can bid for LDS LTESA while projects intending to connect to the SW REZ access rights network can bid for LDS LTESA and access rights or access rights only. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is seeking to award an indicative 1 GW of LTESAs and up to 3.98 GW of SW REZ access rights.

Tender Round 5

Source: AEMO

Projects proposed by eligible proponents will have the opportunity to bid for multiple products under a single application where they meet the project eligibility criteria. The tender round will consist of two bidding stages, starting with the “Project Bid”, after which short-listed proponents will be invited to provide a “Financial Value Bid”.

Projects will be assessed under the following merit criteria:

Stage 1: Project Bid Stage 2: Financial Value Bid (by invitation)
1.     Impact on the electricity system;

2.     Pathway to commercial operation;

3.     Organisational capacity to deliver projects; and

4.     Community engagement, shared benefits and land use considerations.

5.     Financial value;

6.     Commercial departures; and

7.     Regional economic development.

You can find further information about the NSW Roadmap – Tender Round 5 here.

We set out a summary of the key dates for Tender Round 5 below:

Key Dates
Event Date
Q&A Portal opens for feedback 29 May 2024
Registration Closing Date and Time 7 June 2024 at 11:59pm
Consultation period for feedback on the Access PDA and Access Payment Deed closes 19 June 2024 at 5pm
Project Bid Closing Date and Time 27 June 2024 at 5pm
Invitation to Submit Financial Value Bid Late August 2024*
Financial Value Bid Closing Date Late September 2024*
Announce Selected Bids December / January 2024*
*These dates are indicative and subject to change.


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