$1bn injection for WA big batteries

Wednesday, 20 September, 2023

$1bn injection for WA big batteries

Western Australia’s Cook government has made a major investment in the state’s renewable energy future, awarding more than $1 billion in contracts to deliver large new battery energy storage systems in Kwinana and Collie. The contracts are part of the government’s $2.8 billion Budget commitment to delivering renewable energy projects.

The batteries will support more renewables by storing wind and solar energy generated during the day and delivering it back to the system during high-demand periods.

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited (CATL) has been contracted to supply about 300 EnerC Plus containerised liquid-cooling battery systems for Kwinana Battery Stage Two, and about 650 for Collie.

Power Electronics will deliver 72 inverters for the Kwinana battery and 160 inverters for the Collie battery.

“Contemporary Amperex Technology is a global leader of new energy innovative technologies, providing more than 600 battery units for Kwinana Battery Stage One, which is now storing energy and discharging into the grid,” said Energy Minister Bill Johnston.

“Power Electronics is a leading manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic plants and battery applications and a world leader in energy storage.

“I would like to congratulate Synergy for securing these important partnerships, setting WA apart as a leader in the global energy transition,” Johnston said.

Kwinana Battery Stage Two will provide 200 MW of power with 800 MWh of energy storage. Construction started on Stage Two in June and is estimated to be completed at the end of 2024, supporting 160 jobs.

The Collie battery — the biggest in WA — will provide 500 MW with 2000 MWh of storage. It will create about 500 jobs during the peak of construction.

Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns said the announcement was an exciting one for Collie and the local community as the town transitions to a cleaner, greener energy future.

“The creation of 500 jobs is a huge boon, as it will have a flow-on effect for residents and local businesses,” she said.

Image credit: iStock.com/Galeanu Mihai

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