Sun Cable is an Australian-founded, world leading renewable energy company. It is focused on making use of Australia’s abundant solar resource to power Australia and the Indo-Pacific region with competitively priced, dispatchable, high volume renewable electricity. The Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink) project is the first of its kind and the first of many. Sun Cable’s energy projects will position the Northern Territory as the world leader in intercontinental transmission of renewable electricity. These projects will facilitate the electrification of new and existing industries, supporting large-scale economic development, whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Project Overview - Australia-Asia PowerLink
Sun Cable is proposing to build a renewable energy transmission system called the Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink); one of the world’s largest solar farm and battery systems, to be located in the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory, with a 5,000 km transmission system to supply Darwin and Singapore with reliable, competitively priced, dispatchable, high volume renewable electricity.
The AAPowerLink will integrate three technologies:
● The world’s largest solar farm
● The world’s largest battery
● A 5,000 km high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system both onshore and offshore
Renewable electricity will be generated by a 17-23 GWp solar farm and 36-42 GWh battery energy storage located near Elliott, NT. The electricity generated at the Solar and Storage facility will be transmitted through 800km of high voltage direct current overhead transmission lines to greater Darwin, then via a 4,200km undersea (HVDC) transmission network to Singapore.
The project is currently in the development phase, undertaking detailed design, planning and strategy work that will lead to financial close in Q4, 2023.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024, with electricity provided to the NT in 2026 and Singapore in 2027.
The AAPowerLink has Major Project Status with the Northern Territory and Australian Governments and the initiative is on Infrastructure Australia’s Priority List.
More information on the project can be found on the Sun Cable website.
A current factsheet on the project can be found here.
The potential for large-scale solar generation to transform the energy landscape in Northern Australia was included in Infrastructure Australia’s Annual Infrastructure Priority Initiative List in February 2021.
The 70+ year, AUD 30 billion project will create approximately 1500 jobs during construction and 350 jobs during operations. It will inject $8 billion into the Australian economy, with a majority spent in the NT, and generate over AUD2.3 (2021 Real) billion in exports per annum.
Sun Cable is currently undertaking an economic impact assessment, and industry capability mapping to inform the procurement and workforce development strategy, and optimise benefits for NT industry.
Sun Cable is preparing a draft Territory Benefits Plan which outlines how the project will create economic, social, cultural and strategic benefits for the Northern Territory.
The provision of renewable electricity to the NT will support the establishment of sustainable development precincts and power new low emissions manufacturing businesses.
For more information, see www.suncable.sg
Separate to the AAPowerLink, Sun Cable is developing other business assets in the Northern Territory. These will build and service the renewable industry in the NT, and support the execution of the AAPowerLink project.
Middle Arm Battery Project
The Middle Arm Battery project is an early works package that will later form part of the Sun Cable Australia-ASEAN PowerLink (AAPL) project.
The project is proposed to be sited east of the existing Weddell Power Station, with an installed capacity of 50MW scalable to 200MW connecting to the Darwin Katherine Interconnected System . The project is being designed to provide essential system services to the network and power supply services to customers.
A connection application has been submitted to Power & Water Corporation and modelling of the system integration has commenced.
The project is scheduled to commence construction in 2023.
Solar Array Manufacturing Facility
Sun Cable has received Development Consent from the Development Consent Authority for the first phase of a proposed Solar Array Manufacturing Facility in Darwin which is proposed to enter construction in 2022-23.
The Manufacturing Facility will pilot an automated production line, manufacturing MAVERICK solar arrays for supply to industrial- and utility-scale solar farms across Northern Australia.
The MAVERICK system has been designed by Australian company, 5B. A MAVERICK is an array of solar panels that is prefabricated so it can be easily transported and installed onsite. The establishment of this Facility in Darwin will provide opportunities to supply future solar projects in the NT.
5B is in the process of establishing an initial operation at Berrimah in an existing warehouse that is currently undergoing preparatory works. Manual assembly rigs for early production of the MAVERICK are en route from overseas, which will be superseded by the automated production line when available.
Phase 2 of the development will expand the facility to manufacture MAVERICK solar array systems for the AAPowerLink, and establish a logistics and distribution centre to transport material and equipment by rail to Sun Cable's proposed solar farm, near Elliott in the Barkly Region of the Northern Territory. Phase 2 of the facility will be subject to a separate approval process.
The architectural design has been prepared by Darwin-based company Bennett Design and the development application was prepared by Darwin town planning company, MasterPlan.
The facility is proposed for the East Arm Business Park managed by the Land Development Corporation. The location was chosen due to its proximity to Darwin Port and access to the Alice Springs-Darwin Railway.
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